Another military connected identity theft issue just hit the news 1 August 2019. Back in 2006 I received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is almost 2 years after I enrolled in the identity theft premier program tied in with the nationwide legal plan coverage that has saved my family thousands of dollars.
This morning I wake up to news of another incident of military members information used in identity theft. After 15 years of having the best choice in complete identity theft restoration and affordable access to my rights, I am still at peace, knowing my good name is protected. Team Veteran’s recommendation and funny/serious commercials access is at the bottom of this posting.
Here’s part of the news shared at Sun Journal in NC …
The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Justice (DOJ) notified the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of an identity theft investigation and arrest of a former DoD Army civilian employee and his co-conspirators, related to the stealing of personal information of thousands of military and Veteran personnel. The employee took unauthorized photos from DoD Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA) electronic health records. Based on this personal information from AHLTA, these individuals created fraudulent DS Logon accounts, impersonating Veterans to gain access to their VA eBenefits and MyHealtheVet account information, accessed personal financial or banking information, and, in a minority of cases (20), redirected their VA payments. From what we understand, this theft was limited to financial information and did not include personal health information.
VA is working closely with DoD and DOJ to identify veterans who are impacted by this identity theft and will send notification letters via mail. This letter will notify those impacted that DoD will offer free credit monitoring services. Anyone who believes their personal financial information has been compromised by this identity theft should report this loss at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) IdentityTheft.gov website.
Although this does not directly affect the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), anyone who interacts with veterans and their families may be asked about this incident. If you receive any questions from veterans and their families who are concerned about being one of the people impacted, please direct those individuals to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Special Issue Hotline at 1-800-749-8387 and select Option 1 to speak with a special benefits counselor.
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