A local accounting firm has alerted its 4,000 clients that their private financial records -- including Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card information and signature documents -- have been stolen.Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Tax Service Plus told authorities that thieves stole the business’s back-up computer on March 7, which contained data on thousands of tax returns filed over the past three years.

Terry Brown, who has owned the tax prep firm for the past 15 years, described the situation to local newspapers as being his, “worst nightmare,” and is expecting to lose a number of customers following the incident, although any misuse of the information has yet to actually be reported.

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