Two employees of the Memorial Healthcare System have been fired and may face criminal charges in relation to an identity theft scheme involving the intended filing of fraudulent IRS tax returns.
The system – which controls the public hospitals of South Broward – began notifying Thursday approximately 9,500 patients that their personal information may have been stolen by the former employees.
The illegal access allegedly occurred during 2011 and early 2012.
The unnamed former employees are suspected of taking patients’ names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. According to the Memorial Healthcare System, no medical records were stolen.
Patients affected by the information breach are being offered one year of free credit monitoring services as well as call center support.
While awaiting notification, former patients of the Memorial Healthcare System should contact the credit reporting agencies to initiate a 90-day “fraud alert” in an effort to protect their personal information.
Equifax can be contacted at (800) 685-1111 or www.Equifax.com; Experian can be contacted at (888) 397-3742 or www.Experian.com; and Trans Union can be contacted at (800) 916-8800 or www.TransUnion.com. Be sure to prompt that you are a potential identity theft victim when requested to do so.
For your free annual credit report, contact the central source at 877-FACT-ACT (877-322-8228) or www.AnnualCreditReport.com. Follow the voice prompts and obtain your credit report for review.
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers are entitled to a free copy of their credit report under a narrow set of circumstances. If you have been denied credit, goods, benefits, services, insurance, and/or employment, or are a potential victim of fraud, the credit reporting agencies of Equifax, Experian and Trans Union are statutorily mandated to provide a copy free of charge.