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Wells Fargo mortgage customer data missing

Computer may have been stolen during shipping

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A computer with confidential information about some of Wells Fargo's mortgage customers was reported missing and may have been stolen during shipping, the company said Friday. Wells Fargo & Co. said a computer being transported for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage by a global express shipping company between Wells Fargo facilities was reported as missing and may have been stolen. Concern over identity theft has skyrocketed in the wake of scandals last year over information theft from ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, among others. Late last year, the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego reported 110 security breaches affecting 56.3 million individuals in the United States. Wells Fargo said there is no indication that the information on the computer equipment has been accessed or misused. The computer has two layers of security, making it difficult to access the information, the company said. Individuals whose information was stored on the equipment are being notified by mail ...