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.
The ITRC recently released information regarding the best practices for parents when using a child ID kit. One of the questions we heard over and over was, “Are the companies behind this really scams, or are they just misinformed?” My response was that there are probably a blend of both, but that we at the ITRC had direct experience with a scam company in the southern California area.