Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MDs Targeted in Hospital Identity Theft, Tax Scam

Vermont physicians and other healthcare providers were targets of a nationwide tax scam involving identity theft and the filing of fraudulent federal income tax returns in their names.

The same fraud scheme victimized hundreds of doctors and other medical personnel in 18 states.

"It’s mostly doctors, but it’s not restricted to them. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants were affected, too."
- Paul Harrington, executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society
While the source of the identity information is still unknown, hospitals have been a frequent source for for identity data in other tax refund scams. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of identity thefts and privacy data breaches, rather than learn about them from law enforcement, are utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) 69 Vt. docs, health care providers targeted in tax scam - www.BurlingtonFreePress.com, 04/30/2014

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