INDIANAPOLIS — Deputy Attorney General Chuck Taylor launched an investigation after a Dumpster containing credit card numbers and receipts was found sitting outside a closed Indianapolis fitness center.
Viewers first contacted RTV6 when the discarded personal information was found outside of a Cardinal Fitness just off Southport Road on the city’s south side.
The Dumpster was removed from the site on Wednesday, but there’s no indication if the documents were shredded or merely trashed, RTV6″s Eboné Monet reported.
Angela Burns was one of the customers whose information was found in the Dumpster.
“That”s a whole lot of card numbers and signatures,” Burns said. “I mean, the whole card number with my signature, address, phone numbers, any information that someone would need. I don”t think that they could have made it simpler for people to have their information stolen.”
Burns said it’s probably for the best that the gym is no longer in business.
“It’s just poor business practice in general. I’m kind HGH of glad they”re out of business if that”s how they”re going to treat their customers’ information. I”m glad that I stopped going there, but it still didn”t stop my stuff from ending up in front of a building,” she said. “I work really hard at keeping my finances in order and keeping my credit score up. For a business to just toss my information out is really frustrating to me.”
The RTV6 investigation caught the attention of the attorney general”s office and prompted Taylor to retrieve a box of documents from the Dumpster.
“Our investigators will inventory the box and we”ll kind of get a feel for what information was there and whether or not it indeed violates our security breach statute, which it appears to,”Taylor said.
Taylor said Cardinal Fitness could face a fine of up to $305,000.A Cardinal Fitness employee said the company had hired a shredding company to properly dispose of the documents.