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A warning from my wife's doctor about possibly stolen social security numbers.

Posted on 07/15/2009 7:55:18 PM PDT by LouAvul

My wife received a letter from her doctor that the doctor had hired someone who used a stolen social security number.

The doctor said the employee had stolen cash and was subsequently fired. She also gave the number of a detective on the case.

According to the doc, the employee also had access to "sensitive information" on the doc, the doc's employees and the patients.

Any advice as to what we should do?

thanx


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: identitytheft

1 posted on 07/15/2009 7:55:19 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

Check your credit card account daily. Check your credit file weekly.


2 posted on 07/15/2009 7:57:49 PM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: LouAvul

1. Pull your credit report
2. Sign up for a credit monitoring service
3. The doctor has liability here if that person got your information and used it. he did what he was supposed to by telling you. Every day this happens and it gets covered up.


3 posted on 07/15/2009 7:58:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: LouAvul

Get a credit report.

Check your credit report regularly.

Contact your family lawyer as there may be “tax related” issues with someone obtaining a job using your SSN with income that the IRS may come a knocking asking why you didn’t declare the income from your job as a waitress at some seedy diner.


4 posted on 07/15/2009 7:58:40 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: LouAvul

Find a new doctor.

Your doctor should have had this person arrested, not just fired.


5 posted on 07/15/2009 7:59:29 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted. I Upped My Monthly....Now, Up Yours.)
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To: LouAvul

The State of Ohio lost a computer with my SS info (and who knows what else) a few years ago. They made it up by giving me a complimentary one year membership to a credit protection service!


6 posted on 07/15/2009 8:01:44 PM PDT by OCC
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To: LouAvul

I don’t know the exact details, but I think you can put a “lock” on your credit so that any new accounts cannot be opened without getting your personal approval. People who steal your personal information will often go to some store and apply for new credit with your personal information. With your existing accounts, you are normally pretty well protected against unauthorized charges.


7 posted on 07/15/2009 8:02:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: LouAvul

You shouldn’t go to that doctor anymore. Any person who hires that potential liability without a background search is incompetent in other areas, too. Rescue your medical records from this doc and find a new doctor.


8 posted on 07/15/2009 8:05:03 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: OCC

The USDA did the same for us.


9 posted on 07/15/2009 8:12:02 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Find a new doctor. Your doctor should have had this person arrested, not just fired.

Apparently, you missed the part about a detective assigned to the case.

10 posted on 07/15/2009 8:13:22 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: LouAvul
Freeze your accounts at all three credit agencies. It is pretty easy to do and no credit can be opened in your name until the accounts are unfrozen...
11 posted on 07/15/2009 8:14:55 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: LouAvul

Don’t give your SS# to health care providers. If the office staff balks, tell them to make up a number for their records.


12 posted on 07/15/2009 8:15:37 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: NautiNurse

Nope. I saw it. I saw nothing about an arrest or charges.


13 posted on 07/15/2009 8:15:40 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted. I Upped My Monthly....Now, Up Yours.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

The info didn’t include the names and home addresses of the offender, physician or the patients either. Using your logic, they don’t have names or homes.


14 posted on 07/15/2009 8:19:18 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: NautiNurse

If the doctor doesn’t know the name of the perp/employee....would you feel safe visiting the doctor??


15 posted on 07/15/2009 8:21:47 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted. I Upped My Monthly....Now, Up Yours.)
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To: NautiNurse

I work at a dental office. Most insurance companies still require a Social Security number in order to process claims. If the person refuses to supply a SS#, we tell them to file their own claims. When we tell them that, they usually supply the SS#.


16 posted on 07/15/2009 8:26:34 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Once again, you are using faulty logic. You do not have enough information to know whether the perp employee used their legal name or not. You do not know whether the patients used their legal name either. As a result, you are making faulty assumptions.


17 posted on 07/15/2009 8:26:46 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: toothfairy86

Nobody has a right to use your social security number for any reason other than income tax. Of course, it can make life difficult for all the industries that continue to require it (e.g. credit agencies, insurance, etc.). Heck, I remember when Holiday Inn used to use SS# as their Priority Club ID. Nuts!


18 posted on 07/15/2009 8:32:17 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: NautiNurse

Well, if that’s your idea of a responsible MD, good luck to you.

I wouldn’t employ a shoddy health care professional, much like I didn’t hire illegal aliens to roof my homes last summer.


19 posted on 07/15/2009 8:33:17 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted. I Upped My Monthly....Now, Up Yours.)
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To: LouAvul

Get LifeLock. Now.

I subscribe my entire family to LifeLock, as well as a second “identity theft” prevention service. Just gives peace of mind, and the price isn’t too high.

I’d be happy to give you my SSN if you want it. Of course, if you use it, I’ll know. ;-)


20 posted on 07/15/2009 8:37:33 PM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Well, if that’s your idea of a responsible MD, good luck to you.

LOL--you really don't understand logic at all. Good luck to you.

21 posted on 07/15/2009 8:37:54 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: NautiNurse

It’s not about logic.

Don’t hire incompetence.

Bad business practitioners should be out of a job.


22 posted on 07/15/2009 8:43:13 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted. I Upped My Monthly....Now, Up Yours.)
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To: LouAvul
Sue him? /only half sarc>

Cheers!

23 posted on 07/15/2009 8:56:47 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: NautiNurse
This is a good solution but it is like locking the doors after the horses broke out of the barn. I refused to give our SSN in the beginning. It was testy. They said they needed it for insurance purposes. I told them they had an insurance card and they could use that number for insurance purposes.

Finally, they agreed.

Cases like this are exactly why every Tom, Dick and Harry operation should not be using SSN's for identification purposes.

24 posted on 07/15/2009 9:16:14 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Bad business practitioners should be out of a job.

Now you are saying that one bad hire and a physician should lose his practice. Folks like you give conservatives a bad reputation. Your sweeping disposal of a person and their career based on very sketchy and incomplete information is not only disappointing, it is downright disgusting. Folks like you deserve nothing better than Al Franken as your Senator from MN.

25 posted on 07/15/2009 9:24:50 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: Vigilanteman
Cases like this are exactly why every Tom, Dick and Harry operation should not be using SSN's for identification purposes.

I absolutely agree, and the horses left the barn many years ago. Between overseas financial processing centers and hackers holding personal data for extortion, these are very scary times. The subject of this thread is a grain of sand compared to the vast electronic fraud potential.

26 posted on 07/15/2009 9:32:55 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: HighWheeler; All

Firing the doctor isn’t the answer unless he’s a bad doctor. 60-70 percent of all thefts are internal so it can and does happen anywhere. The doctor told his customers which is more than most do.


27 posted on 07/16/2009 5:56:36 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: LouAvul

Contact Equifax, TransUnion and Experian (the nation’s three credit reporting agencies) and order credit reports for your husband and for yourself, and then have them place “Fraud Alerts” if you see any transactions or accounts not opened by you.


28 posted on 07/16/2009 6:23:37 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: LouAvul

Here’s something I find disturbing: I just got back from the DMV this morning to renew my license. The custodial staff were county jail inmates. They were working behind the counters. Behind the counters where hundreds of applications with names, addresses, and SSNs wind up daily....


29 posted on 07/16/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit
The custodial staff were county jail inmates

Custodial staffs are the worst. Nigerians have used this ploy for 30+ years. Most of the cleaners are illegals too, paid cash. I'm not sure how they do it.

30 posted on 07/16/2009 12:34:26 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing......I AM MR THOMPSON!)
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