Health Care Worker Steals Social Security Number

Akron Beacon Journal – March 28, 2002

Akron woman’s insurer linked to identity theft

Think that your information is safe with your health insurance company? Think again. In this story, a woman has her Social Security number stolen by someone at her health care company. She now is a victim of idenity theft and she was just about to buy a new home. This spotlights the problem of using a Social Security number as an ID number. It was never designed to function as an ID, but that’s the way a lot of companies in the health industy are using it.

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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