DHHS: Medical records exposed

DHHS: Medical records exposed

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DHHS: Medical records exposed
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services disclosed Saturday that an unspecified number of Ashe County residents are among 524 who had personal information exposed in an unencrypted email. DHHS said the medical records incident affecting …
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Gone phishing at Sprouts: Grocery chain faces massive data breach

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Gone phishing at Sprouts: Grocery chain faces massive data breach
Think big businesses are the only ones targeted for cyber crime? Think again. Even grocery outlets can be targets of data breaches, as is the case for Sprouts Farmers Market. Store employees are struggling after a data breach stole their personal …
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Obamacare Seems to Be Reducing People's Medical Debt

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Obamacare Seems to Be Reducing People's Medical Debt
Even if you lack health insurance, you'll probably be able to get treatment at a hospital in the event of a catastrophe — you're struck by a car, say. But having insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial ruin. A new …
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Visalia ranks “bad” on credit score

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Visalia ranks “bad” on credit score
… elevated credit standing will be yours to enjoy. Odysseas Papadimitriou is CEO of the personal finance website WalletHub, which offers free credit scores, full credit reports and 24/7 credit monitoring. He previously worked as a senior director at …
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OCC Fines HSBC Bank $35 Million Over Credit Card Add-Ons

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OCC Fines HSBC Bank $35 Million Over Credit Card Add-Ons
April 13 — HSBC will pay a $35 million fine and offer restitution for allegedly charging customers for credit monitoring services they didn't receive under a settlement with a federal regulator. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency found the …
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Evanston provides a year of free protection services, monitoring to employees …

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Evanston provides a year of free protection services, monitoring to employees …
Marty Lyons, Evanston's chief financial officer, speaks at a City Council meeting Monday. Lyons said Evanston would provide a year of free identity theft insurance and credit monitoring to employees whose tax information was mishandled in the mail.
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Data Breach? Consumers Are Forgiving, According To Cybersecurity Survey; Most …

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Data Breach? Consumers Are Forgiving, According To Cybersecurity Survey; Most …
And 62 percent of consumers said they accepted offers of free credit monitoring after a breach, a surprising finding that counters claims that consumers are experiencing “breach fatigue” — a phenomenon where customers become desensitized to the loss …
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CreditWise Is the First App to Offer Free Credit Monitoring

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CreditWise Is the First App to Offer Free Credit Monitoring
Earlier this month, Capital One became the first U.S. bank to offer free credit monitoring through a mobile app called CreditWise. The Virginia-based company launched the free app after the success of CreditTracker, a free credit tracking tool rolled …
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US comptroller fines HSBC Bank USA $35 million over credit-monitoring product

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US comptroller fines HSBC Bank USA $35 million over credit-monitoring product
WASHINGTON The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Wednesday said it had fined HSBC Bank USA $35 million and ordered the bank to make restitution to harmed customers. The office said that between January 2004 and May 2012 …
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Should you buy credit and identity theft monitoring?

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Should you buy credit and identity theft monitoring?
Credit monitoring is a job you can do yourself if you're willing to take the time. If all you want is to chart your progress as you try to build or rebuild your credit, doing it yourself has never been easier. Federal law requires each of the three …
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What to expect from your identity monitoring service

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What to expect from your identity monitoring service
When you sign up for LifeLock, credit monitoring is just the beginning. LifeLock has plans that also monitor other places that thieves might misuse your information, such as your bank accounts, black market sites, payday loan companies, public court …
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Banks now giving customers access to credit scores for free

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Banks now giving customers access to credit scores for free
The increased availability of free FICO scores could mean decreased revenue for the three main credit agencies — Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — that sell credit scores, credit monitoring and credit reports to consumers. The agencies' main source …
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Tax forms for more than 2500 GCI employees stolen in email scam

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Tax forms for more than 2500 GCI employees stolen in email scam
GCI is providing affected employees with two years of credit monitoring, identity theft counseling and other services, and identity theft insurance. The company is urging employees affected by the attack to notify the IRS that their W-2s were compromised.
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Campus alerting 80000 individuals to cyberattack

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Campus alerting 80000 individuals to cyberattack
The campus is providing potentially impacted individuals with one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance, along with resources to assist them in monitoring their accounts for any suspicious activity. In today's cyber security …
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How to Avoid Being a Victim of Tax-Time Identity Theft

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How to Avoid Being a Victim of Tax-Time Identity Theft
Consider signing up for a credit monitoring program. If you've been a victim of tax-time identity theft, there's a good chance your information may be used for other forms of fraud as well. Credit monitoring programs can alert you to potential problems.
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What to Do When a Family Member Steals Your Credit

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What to Do When a Family Member Steals Your Credit
Read More: How to Use Free Credit Monitoring Tools. Known as “familiar fraud,” this type of identity theft is more common than you may realize. Family members make up 30% of all identity thieves. It's only natural, when you think about it. After all …
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IRS: 390K More Victims of IRS.Gov Weakness

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IRS: 390K More Victims of IRS.Gov Weakness
The agency said it also is offering free credit monitoring through Equifax for affected consumers, and placing extra scrutiny on tax returns from citizens with affected SSNs. The criminal Get Transcript requests fuel refund fraud, which involves crooks …
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A Quick And Easy Way To Help Protect Your Identity

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A Quick And Easy Way To Help Protect Your Identity
While you may not be willing to shell out for a credit monitoring service just yet (one reason to do so would be if you are about to apply for a mortgage and don't want to deal with any last-minute snafus), there is an easy way to keep tabs on your …
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Free credit monitoring: It's worth every penny

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Free credit monitoring: It's worth every penny
Which is why offering free credit monitoring for one or three years is merely an autonomic and useless gesture. Even when the motivation for ID theft is to establish credit, it's useless. Frank Abagnale, the famous fraudster-turned-cybersecurity and …
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Free credit monitoring for jail inmates due to error

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Free credit monitoring for jail inmates due to error
(AP) — Dozens of inmates at a northern Wisconsin jail are eligible for free credit monitoring because their personal information was accidentally posted online. Vilas County sheriff's officials say the Social Security numbers and other personal …
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Identity theft lands woman in Guinness World Records

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Identity theft lands woman in Guinness World Records
Because we know how much it sucks to fall prey to identity thieves, we bring you five ways in which you can protect yourself from identity theft. However, we do not guarantee that your identity will never be stolen. – Have a strong password on all your …
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Why it May Be Time to Switch Your Credit Card

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Why it May Be Time to Switch Your Credit Card
… remained steady at slightly more than $5,000 over the past several years, "originations continue to be a key driver of growth for the credit card industry," said Ezra Becker, a vice president of research and consulting at the credit monitoring firm …
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Ohio patient records found in recycling bin

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Ohio patient records found in recycling bin
Hospital officials have no reason to believe the information has been used inappropriately in any way, he said, but they have offered free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to qualifying patients. The actual number of patients …
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How to Deal With a Medical Debt Collector

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How to Deal With a Medical Debt Collector
Studies between 2005 and 2013 showed that medical debts are the single largest contributor to personal bankruptcy filings in the U.S. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, half of all overdue debt on credit reports is from medical debt …
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When cheating on your credit card is a good idea

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When cheating on your credit card is a good idea
… remained steady at slightly more than $5,000 over the past several years, "originations continue to be a key driver of growth for the credit card industry," said Ezra Becker, a vice president of research and consulting at the credit monitoring firm …
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I Have Huge Medical Bills and Gambled Away My Savings. Can I Still Declare …

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I Have Huge Medical Bills and Gambled Away My Savings. Can I Still Declare …
It's unlikely you could file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy—that's when, with certain exemptions, you turn over what assets you have to pay what debts you can, the remaining debts are discharged, and you get a new financial start. You'll almost certainly …
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40500 Oregonians hit by $25 million tax fraud scheme, feds say

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40500 Oregonians hit by $25 million tax fraud scheme, feds say
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon announced on Feb. 17, 2016 that a six-person crew based on the East Coast stole the personal information of more 250,000 people, then used the data to seek $25 million in tax refunds. Investigators believe the …
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