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Laptop with Marines' personal data missing

Laptop with Marines' personal data missing
Laptop with Marines' personal data missing 

October 6, 2006

CAMP PENDLETON A laptop computer containing personal information 
regarding 2,400 on-base residents of Camp Pendleton is missing, base 
officials revealed Friday.

The computer belongs to Lincoln B.P. Management, which manages 
residential property on the sprawling Marine base.

Residents of the San Onofre I and II, Stuart Mesa and Pacific View 
neighborhoods were being notified by the company, which reported the 
computer lost on Tuesday.

We take this matter very seriously and are working closely with Lincoln 
Properties to find out what happened and to safeguard the personal 
information of our Marines, sailors and their families, said Col. James 
B. Seaton III, the base's commanding officer.

There's no evidence that any data has been used improperly, base 
officials said. However, they encouraged base residents to closely 
monitor their bank accounts, credit card activity and other financial 

To ensure that all affected residents have access to the appropriate 
resources to monitor the credit accounts, Lincoln B.P. Management Inc. 
is in the process of retaining Equifax to provide personal credit 
monitoring services on their behalf, company Vice President Steve Browne 
wrote in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

If any service member suffers a loss due to identity fraud arising from 
this incident, Lincoln B.P. Management Inc. will work with Equifax, the 
applicable credit card companies and insurance companies to rectify the 
situation, Browne stated.

Lincoln B.P. Management manages 6,223 housing units on the base.

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