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Medical Identity Theft: Problems and Prevention healthcareitnews.com Protected health information (PHI) is highly valuable on the black market because it can be used to obtain pharmaceuticals, commit insurance fraud or obtain medical care through channels such as Medicaid and Medicare. In fact, according to the FBI, stolen health information currently fetches $60-$70 on the black market, while a Social Security number goes for less than $1.
How Fraud Victims 'Punish' Their Banks bankinfosecurity.com A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers suggests that some customers will, in fact, leave even if they receive quick refunds of losses due to fraud. The study is one of only a few correlating the impact of a fraud incident on customer loyalty. The stock price of a financial institution often takes a hit after a data breach. But it wasn't known to what extent customers may take action after an information security lapse, writes Rahul Telang, a professor of information systems and management, and Sriram Somachi, a Ph.D. candidate in information systems and public policy.
Global Connect Technical Support Scam, Part 2 consumer.ftc.gov Last fall, the FTC shut down an operation called Global Connect, which sent deceptive pop-up messages to people’s computers. The pop-ups claimed the computers had problems when they really didn’t, and the operators scared thousands of people into paying hundreds of dollars each for tech support services they didn’t need. We recently learned that some of these same people are getting called again. The callers claim to be working with the company the FTC shut down, sometimes using the name “Global Connect.” People report that the caller asks for remote access to their computer, either to reestablish service or to process a refund into the person’s bank account.
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Woman Sentenced to 7 Years for Identity Theft at Banks Tuesday, February 21, 2017 wspynews.com After stealing more than $13,000 from two bank accounts in Elgin and North Aurora, a Chicago woman has been sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Identity Theft Through Social Media: 8 Ways to Protect Yourself Tuesday, February 21, 2017 huffingtonpost.com Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are perfect for staying in touch with old friends, discussing contemporary issues with colleagues, sharing photos of your family, and more. However, not every aspect of social media is a positive one. With all of our sharing of information online comes real dangers to our personal and financial security one of which is identity theft.
Identity Theft Remains on ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams Tuesday, February 21, 2017 walkermn.com The Internal Revenue Service has issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time and highlighted the crime as a top scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series.
Former Nursing Home Administrator Charged With Identity Theft Tuesday, February 21, 2017 stamfordadvocate.com A former employee of a senior living facility has been accused of using the identities of patients — including one who died — to make thousands of dollars worth of credit card charges, police said.