Identity theft

(Dec. 28, 2018) Identity theft was a concern in Worcester County after several county employees learned notices of unpaid bills made it to collection agencies.

Specifically, the notices were for Comcast cable bills, and this issue could have possibly ruined the employees’ credit. 

Kim Moses, public information officer for the county, said county officials learned of the issue between late March and early April. She added a notice was sent to county employees on April 3.

The notice advised employees to check their credit card bills for any charges for purchases that they didn’t make themselves. American citizens can get a free annual credit score report from Experian, Equifax and Transunion.

However, Federal Trade Commission said it authorized one website to provide these credit score reports: www.annualcreditreport.com.

Moses added there victims’ place of employment appeared to be the only connection.

Harold Higgins, chief administrative officer, said protecting county employees was a top priority. He went on to say there was no breach in the county’s security.

Lt. Ed Schreier, a public information officer for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, said the agency was investigating the situation, and agreed people should get a credit report.

There have been thousands of fraud and identity cases across the country for the last several years involving these phony Comcast accounts.

A class action suit in California accused the company of failing to take precautions to verify customers’ identities before opening accounts. A U.S. District Court judge approved the fourth version of the proposed $15.5 million suit in September, according to topclassactions.com, a website dedicated to connecting people to settlements, lawsuits and attorneys.

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