There's not just a single kind of identity theft... one kind in particular... has been happening more often lately... It's medical identity theft... 'A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care... the thief's health information is mixed with yours... treatment, insurance... payment records... credit report may be affected'..."
"They rehire people fired for snooping, they allow pretty much anyone into facilities and restricted areas where all our sensitive information is kept, and there’s no telling how many unauthorized current and former employees are able to steal identities as a result. And, you thought they just ruined people’s lives with audits. That’s novice stuff. This is the IRS."
"You can do everything right. You can use long and strong passwords and account-unique user names. You can check your financial accounts and monitor your credit on a regular basis, you can set up transaction alerts on your credit cards -- even order a credit freeze -- and then you die. Well, not entirely… A good identity thief can undo all your fraud precautions with a few phone calls... the recently deceased continue to exist on paper... many bankable facts.... your Social Security number and personally identifiable information... are just sort of there in the form of “zombie” purchasing power. An identity thief can use that purchasing power to drain your bank accounts, open new credit in your name and perpetrate all sorts of fraud that can impact your family and heirs."
"We need to put to bed the notion that we can immunize ourselves from identity theft. Because we can't... Our information is too poorly protected in too many databases... our biggest risks are beyond our control... all the credit-monitoring companies.... say they offer "identity theft protection." There's no such thing. At best, these companies can give you early warning if you've become a victim..."
"The Federal Trade Commission just released its yearly report... Identity Theft was the number one complaint category in the CSN [Consumer Sentinel Network] for calendar year 2014... For military consumers, Identity Theft was the number one complaint category... Government documents\benefits fraud (39%) was the most common form of reported identity theft, followed by credit card fraud (17%), phone or utilities fraud (13%), and bank fraud (8%)."
"It's tax season and that means criminals are trying to steal your refunds... Tax refund fraud... on the rise... The number of identity theft related investigations... has increased more than 60-percent in recent years... 'This is an epidemic. It's very profitable for criminals and it's very hard for them to get caught'..."
"Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission's list of complaints for the 15th consecutive year in 2014, the agency said on Friday... More than 1.5 million of the nearly 2.6 million complaints filed last year were fraud-related, and 332,646 of them involved identity theft."
"More than 13 million: That's the number of victims identity theft claimed in the United States last year.. Criminals steal money, your identity and sometimes your sanity... 'It's a violation. It's almost like being raped or something. I am a victim... I started seeing a counselor and had to take anti-anxiety medications'... Criminals not only got into her retirement fund, they also went online and ordered a new driver's license in [her] name... But she's serious about her feelings for her bank. She's was a Bank of America customer since 1985 and has since closed all of her accounts... 'I feel pretty betrayed by the bank. I'm realizing that they're not on my side'..."
"Medical identity theft is one of the most costly, confusing and potentially dangerous types of fraud -- and a new study shows it's on a sharp rise.... soared 22 percent in 2014... more than 2.3 million adult Americans or close family members became victims during or before 2014.
Once someone becomes a victim, it's extremely difficult to untangle the fraudulent bills and ruined medical records. Criminals can commit medical ID theft by using victims' personal information -- like names, birth dates, Social Security Numbers or the ID numbers found on insurance cards -- at medical providers' offices to receive services and prescriptions.
They may visit multiple hospitals, emergency rooms and pharmacies to receive care and prescriptions, racking up charges. Perhaps worse: Any medical care a criminal receives while using a victim's ID gets added to the victim's health record -- and may go unnoticed for months or even years."
"Close to 52,000 children fall victim to identity theft each year according to the Florida Department of Agriculture, and law enforcement officials say it continues to grow... 'It is a huge problem. Not a lot of people are tracking it, they just kind of lump it in with general identity theft but criminals love children because they can have almost a full 18 years before it ever is detected... Parents don’t know to report it. The last time I looked at a statistic something like 60 percent of identity theft cases never get reported to law enforcement'..."