The Archdiocese of Seattle recently announced that some of its employees and volunteers may be victims of tax refund fraud following a data breach (h/t DataBreaches.net).

The Seattle Times reports that employees or volunteers from at least three Seattle-area parishes and the chancery offices have already been hit by tax fraud. Volunteers and employees are being advised to call the IRS at (800) 908-4490 x245 or to access the IRS Web site to determine if returns have been filed in their names.

KIRO reports that as many as 90,000 employees and volunteers may have been affected -- all employees and volunteers have to submit personal information, including Social Security numbers, for background checks, and the archdiocese believes a database containing that information may have been breached. The forensic security firm Stroz Friedberg has been hired to help determine which specific database was accessed.


"We have done everything we could to make sure that the databases are secure," archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni told the Seattle Times. "We will continue to do things to make sure they are secure in the future."

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