Q: My health insurance provider insists on using my Social Security number (SSN) as my subscriber ID number. Is there a law that prohibits this?
Financial identity theft may be discovered when the victim is notified by a company to verify if an application, which has been submitted, is an authorized application. The following steps are recommended:
The following information has been provided to the ITRC by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Identity Protection. The IRS/ITRC Solution 34 gives the consumer or victim a comprehensive look at the efforts of the IRS to address IRS issues caused by identity theft (see also IRS/ITRC Fact Sheet 143).
Identity theft is a crime in which the impostor obtains key pieces of information, such as a Social Security or driver's license number. The crime occurs when the thief uses uses this "personal identifying information" for their own gain. The victim is left with a tainted reputation and the complicated task of restoring his or her good name.
Last year was certainly the year of the phone scam, as there were a record 10.2 billion reported phone calls made through auto-dialing software to US citizens alone. Many of these calls were scams that encompassed everything from government agency scams to lottery winnings, and typically went after their victims’ personal identifiable information, money, or both.
There are quite a few hot-ticket events around the country, and that means scalpers and scammers are waiting at the ready to make some fast money. Whether it’s Super Bowl tickets, concert tickets, or—in the case of a currently newsworthy event—festival passes to Coachella, the internet has created a veritable Wild West for buying third-party event tickets.
The current political climate has put medical care and health insurance coverage in the crosshairs. It’s now a hotly contested topic for a lot of people, and the coming year may result in even more changes. That’s why it’s important to understand the real danger: scams.