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 imposter obtains key pieces of information, such as a Social Security or driver's license number. The crime occurs when the thief 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.
When the worst happens, it is terrible to think that scammers are waiting to strike. Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, forest fires…there’s no shortage of natural events that leave devastation in their wake. However, for too many disaster victims, falling into a criminal’s trap can make a horrible situation devastatingly worse.
Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, sharing the news about upcoming events, and just generally staying “in the know.” Unfortunately, it’s also a hotbed of scams and fraudulent activity which travels the globe under the guise of being genuine, interesting posts.
One common scam that targets individuals of various demographics is the “verification” scam, and it’s so prevalent simply because it works. A caller explains there’s an issue with your account or your profile, which is already alarming, but then says that for your safety and security they need you to verify your account information.