Military officials: Servicemembers urged to check credit after theft of TriWest computers, files
Military officials recommend that servicemembers check their credit reports after last month’s theft of computers and health records from a Tricare contractor.
Files containing names, Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information were stolen from TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp., an Arizona company that contracts with Tricare to provide health care for servicemembers and their dependents, according to an Army news release.
TriWest serves military beneficiaries in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and part of western Texas.
If you suspect that your personal information has been misused, you should contact the fraud departments of all three major credit bureaus; close or suspend accounts thought to have been tampered with or opened fraudulently; and file a police report in the community where the identity theft took place.
When contacting credit bureaus, request that a “fraud alert” be placed in your file with a statement instructing creditors to call before opening new accounts or changing existing accounts, officials said.
Who to contact if you suspect identity fraud
To protect your credit rating, contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus:
• TransUnion (www.transunion.com)Fraud Victim Assistance Dept.P.O. Box 6790Fullerton, CA 92834800-680-7289
• Equifax Credit Information Services (www.equifax.com)Consumer Fraud DivisionP.O. Box 105069Atlanta, GA 30348800-525-6285
• Experian (www.experian.com)Experian’s National Consumer AssistanceP.O. Box 1017Allen, TX 75013888-397-3742
If you suspect your Social Security number has been misused, officials recommend contacting the Social Security Administration’s Fraud Hotline at 800-269-0271.
You also can check:
• SSA Fraud Hotline for Reporting Fraud: www.ssa.gov/oig/guidelin.htm• Social Security Administration Publication No. 05-10002: www.ssa.gov/pubs/10002.html• When Someone Misuses Your Number (SSA Pub. No. 05-10064): www.ssa.gov/pubs/10064.html
If you suspect that you are the victim of identity theft, officials recommend filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline. The toll-free number is 877-IDTHEFT (438-4338) or direct dial to 202-326-2502.
You may also write the FTC at:
Identity Theft ClearinghouseFederal Trade Commission600 Pennsylvania Ave. NWWashington, DC 20580
The FTC provides a consumer guide, “ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen to Your Good Name,” at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.