Tag: identity theft

New Medicare Cards Will Omit Social Security Number

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Medicare enrollment for 2018 has officially opened, and it’s time to decide to enroll, change your current plan, or make the switch to a Medicare Advantage plan, a healthcare plan offered by private companies contracted with Medicare to provide Part A and B benefits.

AARP Maryland Fraud Watch Network and FREE Paper Shred Towson, MD 11/19/16

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AARP Maryland will present to you the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Maryland Attorney General’s Offices will discuss local scams targeting older adults.

AARP Maryland and Attorney General Brian Frosh Team Up to Fight Fraud: Scam Jam and Paper Shred at Linden Park Apts., Thursday, Oct. 20

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Scam Jam and Paper Shred at Linden Park Apts., October 20 at 10 am

Scammers and identity thieves steal billions from Americans every year, and seniors may be especially vulnerable. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office are hosting a free presentation for area residents on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud.

Hopkins Mistakenly Exposed 2,000 Social Security Numbers to the Internet

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2,000 Social Security Numbers Exposed to the InternetWhoops! Files containing the social security numbers of 2,166 former Johns Hopkins graduate students mistakenly wound up on a server that could be accessed via the Internet. The university realized the snafu on March 19 and quickly took the files off the server.

University spokesman Dennis O’Shea told the Baltimore Sun that logs indicate the numbers were accessed “a few dozen times” while they were exposed, but he doesn’t believe hackers ever got to them.

Major Data Breach at University of Maryland; Hundreds of Thousands of People’s Data Compromised

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Are you a University of Maryland student? Or a staff member? Or did you take a class there once in 1999? If so, you may be one of the 309,079 students or staff members whose data has been “compromised.”

According to university president Wallace Loh, the data includes people’s full names, social security numbers, dates of birth, and university ID numbers — just sprinkle in a few mother’s-maiden-names and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for an identity theft.

6,600 Balto. Co. Employees Victims of Massive Privacy Breach

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Last week, 12,000 Baltimore County employees were told of an alleged mass identity theft. Their personal information — name, social security number, address, and so on — had been found in the possession of a Florida man who had formerly done contract work for the county.

And then it got even worse. Police later discovered bank account information08 for 6,633 employees and former employees among the suspect’s stolen data.

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