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Identity Theft

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by dmusic148, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. dmusic148

    dmusic148

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    Well isn't this lovely. Just received a letter from my health insurance provider(one of the big ones) explaining that two laptops were stolen from their NJ offices. They explained that "These laptops may have contained your name, SS#, address, birthdate and policy number. These laptops were password protected but not encrypted." "We have no reason to believe that these laptops were stolen for the information they contain." Are you ******* kidding me?!?!?
    They gave me year membership with Experian. Super. First my bank, now them. WT*?!? Would you guys PLEASE lock the place up better?!?!?
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines I'll hump your leg Supporting Member

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    Not saying you should, but there is certainly a lawsuit here. They have a duty to protect your information and unsecured laptops disappearing doesn't seem like they took the proper precautions to protect it.
  3. dmusic148

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    Oh, but they did. They said that "these laptops were secured to desks with cable lock security devices." Well, that settles that then.
  4. bassinplace

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    Same exact thing happened to me some years ago with my health care provider. That was quite awhile ago and I never heard anything more about it. As far as I know I'm in the clear. Hopefully you will be too. Either way, it's not worth worrying about unless you notice things starting to happen. Just hold on to that notice from your insurance company so you can place fault should you need to.
  5. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    Sounds like an inside job.
  6. warnergt

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    Isn't there a company that sells identity theft insurance?
    Ordinarily, I wouldn't get it but, in this circumstance, it might
    be worth signing up for a year.
  7. Downunderwonder

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    Good luck claiming on that policy ^. Insurance requires disclosure of relevant facts, such as known loss of said laptop.
  8. dmusic148

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    That's what Experian is.
  9. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

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    Life Lock.

    My wife's purse was stolen a year and a half ago and we had problems for the next 12 months or so. So far, Life Lock
    has warned us if someone is messing with our credit.
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Lifelock
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    From what I understand (and I could be wrong) Experian only notifies you after the fact and allows you to track your accounts. But Lifelock (Life Lock?) and some others actually prevent identity thieves from opening accounts using your information.
  12. Downunderwonder

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    This sounds different from the usual concept of insurance.

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