ChoicePoint to Rescreen 17,000 Customers after Breach

Process will make sure customers of background check company are legitimate

In this case, the thieves - posing as check-cashing companies or debt collection firms - provided business licenses that appeared to be legitimate and used the names of real people with clean criminal records.

The company caught on later by tracking the pattern of the searches conducted by the suspects.

The company learned of the problem in October, but did not notify those customers who were possibly affected until this month because authorities did not want to jeopardize their investigation.