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History of Incidents


July 16, 2009

On Thursday July, 16, 2009, an office holding Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) membership application files was broken into. The files included paper PTK applications dated in 2001 and 2002 that included personal identification information including name, social security number, address, telephone number and e-mail address.  The unlocked file cabinet was opened, and it appeared that papers had been rifled through.  An investigation was made to check each paper application against a computerized data file.  The investigation concluded that no physical files were taken, but may have been viewed.  No computerized data or information was accessed or downloaded.    
One hundred fifty-five (155) students were notified by mail that their personal information was present in the  files that may have been viewed. The college has no evidence that an unauthorized individual has actually retrieved and is using any of the personal data.  In accordance with California law, the incident was brought to the attention of the exposed students so that they could be extra vigilant to signs of any  possible misuse of their personal identity.
There are some steps an individual can take, in addition to exercising abundant caution, to protect against identity theft.  
  • First, you may place a fraud alert with credit bureaus and/or periodically run a credit report to ensure accounts have not been activated without your knowledge.
  • If you determine that an account has been fraudulently established using your identity, you should contact law enforcement and the financial agency.
  • The following references provide additional information about identity theft:
Social Security Administration Fraud Line, 1-800-269-0271
Major Credit Bureau Numbers:
Equifax, 1-800-525-6285
Experian, 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union, 1-800-680-7289
Identity Theft Victim Checklist
Should you have further questions about this matter, please contact Cheri Naish, Director of Enrollment Services SJC, at or (951) 487-3210.