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.
In the fight against fraud, scams, and identity theft, one of the major obstacles is the anonymous and often global nature of the crime. Scammers can be located virtually anywhere, and thanks to the technology that powers their crime, finding the criminals can be like looking for a needle in a worldwide haystack.
With the growing problem of young people who are struggling to pay off hefty student loan debt, scammers have stepped in to take action…and take advantage. Much like the scams that once targeted homeowners with promises of relief from variable rate mortgages, students are the next crop of unwitting victims.
As scams that target the public go, many of them seem pretty hard to believe. The famous Nigerian prince email scams, for example, have circulated for years and contain absolutely ludicrous stories of desperate need. It might seem hard to believe that anyone would fall for it, and scammers have even spoken out about the reason behind these wild tales: they want only the most gullible victims to respond.