| July 21, 2010

Missing information could lead to fraudulent credit card debt

Any consumer that visited the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, between January 1996 and January 6 of this year could be at risk for fraud that may lead to mountains of credit card debt.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, the hospital was shipping computers containing files on 800,000 patients, employees, doctors, volunteers, donors and business partners over the last 14 years to be destroyed when they went missing. The hospital said that the files contained names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other personal data. All that information is more than enough for identity thieves to create phony credit card accounts.

The Globe said the files also contained sensitive personal information on patients that include medical record numbers, patient numbers, health plan information, dates of service, diagnoses, treatments relating to hospital and home health care visits.

According to a report from New England Cable News, the hospital says there is no evidence that the lost information has been accessed at this point.

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