Sunday, March 20, 2011

Personal Data from Texas Hospital Used in ID Theft

A Texas resident was arraigned for using Social Security numbers taken from a Texas hospital to open more than 100 fradulent accounts.
The stolen identities appears to have been taken from the accounts payable division of the hospital, but how the thief acquired them is still under investigation.
According to the hospital, which has been working with authorities for months on the investigation, 49 people were affected by the identity thefts, all doctors or vendors. No patient data was involved in the identify theft.

The hospital has contact the 14,000 people whose identities may have been accessed and is offering two years of credit monitoring services.

Sources:
(a) Pearland man accused of ID theft - Data of Texas Children's doctors used in scam - Houston Chronicle, March, 2011

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