BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Seven large boxes of files in a dumpster were found to contain the personal information of a Beaverton learning center's clients, police said.
Officers were called at 12:30 p.m. on August 2 to the report that personal files had been dumped near the Sylvan Learning Center at 12225 SW 2nd Street, said Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway of the Beaverton Police Dept.
At first, police were unable to contact anyone from Sylvan, so they took possession of the files, which "included full names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and in some cases copies of credit cards," Shumway said.
"The person that we talked with from the business said they didn't understand what the problem was," he added. "They do this all the time."
The files were turned over to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.
"Beaverton police are encouraging people who have ever submitted personal information to this business to check their accounts and credit ratings now and again in the future to ensure they have not been the victim of identity theft," Shumway said.
KGW Reporter Chris Willis contributed to this report.