10 Head-Slapping Data Breaches

By Jordan Robertson - 2013-02-11T19:57:20Z

Photograph by Max Oppenheim

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Don't let this discourage you from donating to your favorite nonprofit: A former volunteer for Texas Southern University's radio station who worked on fundraising drives is accused of stealing the identities of more than 50 donors.

Michael Edward Whitfield had already been arrested several times for credit-card and other fraud, and only had to sign an affidavit asserting his trustworthiness to help out at the school, according to the Houston Chronicle.

TSU didn't have a strong background-check process to vet volunteers, but it now does, Eva Pickens, a spokeswoman for the university, told the paper.

Whitfield is still in jail, held on $200,000 bail, according to Sara Marie Kinney, a spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's office.