Identity Theft

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards in the coming weeks and months in an effort to combat identity theft. The new cards will use a randomly assigned number called the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based numbers currently on cards. We're joined by Marilyn Gregory, she's a Licensed Navigator with The Health Planning  Council of SWFL, to find out what this all means for folks on Medicare, and any changes they might encounter going forward.

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As tax documents start showing up in mailboxes across southwest Florida we thought it was time to bring in a couple of experts to help listeners out. We’re joined by Kim Swanson, she’s a Crime Prevention Practitioner with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, to discuss the kinds of tax frauds and scams that are out there these days. She’ll guide us through what to watch out for, and best ways to protect our identities during tax season. We’re also joined by Patrice Cunningham, she’s United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Manager. She’ll help us break down the local resources available to help low-income individuals and families prepare their taxes for free.

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has issued a subpoena to Uber in search of information related to the ride-sharing company's alleged cover-up of a 2016 data breach.

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The Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University hit the ground running several years ago after a private investigator noticed an uptick in the number of people contacting her to report they’d been targeted. She started working with local law enforcement and efforts toward fraud prevention and educational outreach grew into a partnership with with the University.

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Late last month, Chipotle restaurants across the U.S.  became the latest victim of a cybersecurity hack that stole customers’ credit card information from a number of its stores, including several in South Florida. With such attacks increasingly common, many aren't sure what to do if their card was hacked.