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ID theft service offered after data breach

Some patients of Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital will receive a letter in the mail from Kroll, an identity theft protection company.

That mailing comes after the parent company of both Tucson-area hospitals, Community Health Systems, was the victim of a data breach last month.

The letter, which will go out to consumers whose information was stolen in the cyberattack, will inform them of the data breach and tell them how to enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.

Data stolen in the breach includes patients’ names, addresses, birthdays, social security numbers, phone numbers and names of employers or guarantors.

Community Health Systems says that although consumers may receive a letter, neither they nor Kroll will be phoning consumers. The Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona cautions consumers to never give personal information to unknown callers.

For more information about the cyberattack, call 1-855-205-6951.

Old Pueblo Traders closing Sept. 20

After many years in business, Old Pueblo Traders will close its Tucson location on Sept. 20 and move to catalog and online sales only.

Liquidation of inventory will continue at its 6228 E. Broadway store until the last day of business.

The women’s apparel company is owned by Orchard Brands based in Beverly, Massachusetts. Company officials did not respond to requests for more information about the store’s closure.

Redfin moves into local real estate market

A real estate brokerage firm whose agents are rewarded by customer satisfaction, not commission, has moved into the Tucson market.

Redfin, based in Seattle, currently operates in 36 markets across the country and has been working the Phoenix market for four years, said Sara Fischer, Redfin’s Tucson market manager.

“We’ve seen the market recover, stabilize and grow,” she said of the decision to enter Tucson.

She said the customer-service approach to selling has been popular in other markets. “The incentive is to make the client happy versus just making a sale,” Fischer said. “If the customer takes a year to look for a house, we’ll take a year.”

Redfin posts customer reviews on its website for prospective homebuyers to evaluate agents, she said.

The company is hiring in the Tucson market and any licensed agent interested in applying can see and click on “jobs” at the bottom of the page.

Arizona Daily Star

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