South Shore Hospital warns of potential data loss, placing many at risk for identity theft

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South Shore Hospital, located in South Weymouth, Massachusetts is busily notifying up to 800,000 patients, employees, donors, volunteers and vendors of a recently discovered data breach.

The hospital says the data breach occurred this past February when it sent outdated data files to a professional data management company to have them destroyed.

Apparently snail mail letters are in the process of being mailed out to a lengthy list of people who may have had their data compromised - up to 800 000 in all, from January 1996 through January 2010. A host of personal information was contained on the files, from driver's license numbers, SSNs, medical records, and even banking details. Visit the hospital's website, view a  sample notification letter or call their automated toll-free information line (877) 309-0176 for more information.

Here are a few more of this week's identity theft headlines;

Former credit union employee arrested for identity theft

An investigation into a reported credit card theft led Mesa, AZ officers to Esther J. Hulse, a former Arizona Federal Credit Union employee.

The victim contacted police after receiving a call from Bank of America, thanking her for applying for a credit card online.

According to records, the victim reviewed her credit report and discovered someone had used her name, date of birth and Social Security number to obtain Bank of America and Capital One credit cards. The victim recognized the name as that of an employee who had assisted her in a home refinancing through the credit union in November. More

Former tax-preparation service worker sentenced for identity theft

A former employee of a Richmond, VA tax-preparation service was sentenced to three years and three months in prison yesterday for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The female employee was employed by The Tax Complex, a tax-preparation business, when she obtained personal identifying information of clients that she used to open fraudulent credit and utility accounts and obtain a college loan More

Former KC waiter sentenced for identity theft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former waiter who stole credit card numbers from 20 diners at a restaurant in Kansas City. More

Take control of your identity, before someone else does!

As a victim of identity theft, I can tell you with all certainty, if you believe your data may have been compromised by this reported data breach, placing you now at even greater risk for identity theft, now is the time to act. Take time to put safeguards in place before damage can occur. Find out what steps you can take to lessen your risk and impact to future identity thefts. If not now, when?   

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