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Open season for identity thieves

by Federal Trade Commission

Handwritten Insurance Claim Form with pen and calculator

It’s open season for everyone who wants to switch health coverage. As you select your health insurance plan, watch out for scams. Whether you are on Medicare, selecting a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or have private insurance, here are some tips to help you more safely navigate the open enrollment season. … Continue Reading

What is Criminal Identity Theft?

by Robert Siciliano

IDTheft

Identity theft gets all kinds of buzz in the news. It’s not hard to see why—in 2012, over 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. What most people don’t know is that identity theft is much more than just stealing your credit card number. In other posts, I discussed how thieves use your identity to get free healthcare or your child’s identity to apply for credit. … Continue Reading

Fight Back! Stop Healthcare Fraud and Abuse From Happening to You!

by Linda Vincent R.N. P.I.

MedicalData

You trust in your physician to take care of you. You trust them to prescribe medications, diagnose symptoms when you’re sick, and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. But is your physician doing something else—something nefarious—that you don’t know about? … Continue Reading

Student Cyber Fraud WiFi Risks

by Natalia Kuzma

Tech Devices

With the number of WiFi hotspots expected to reach 5.8 million by 2015[i], it is evident that the public’s demand for WiFi access is increasing rapidly. Accordingly, scammers are realizing that the public’s heavy WiFi usage presents the opportunity to commit fraud and are taking advantage of unsuspecting users. … Continue Reading

Ending a Spam Scam about the Affordable Care Act

by Federal Trade Commission

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The Federal Trade Commission has sued one of the world’s reputedly biggest spammers and the company it says he used to send thousands of false, alarming and threatening emails disguised as information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … Continue Reading

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