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Bank Blunders
Jenifer McAndrews Avoiding Baby Boomer Bank Blunders
March 11, 2013
By: Jenifer McAndrews

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Identity theft can occur anywhere, even in places where you expect to be safe.

Beverly Tiernan learned that the hard way when a woman behind a desk at a hospital emergency room asked for her social security card. Beverly was in the E.R. after a car accident.
It wasn't until months later that Beverly found out her social security number, along with many others, were sold to ID thieves. Postal inspectors say in all, there were 332 victims.

Beverly found out about the ID theft when her husband tried to access her bank account, and they told him the account had been compromised. The ID thieves began withdrawing money using her identity, funneling it through 11 different accounts. Overall, they got their hands on 631-thousand dollars.

Beverly was lucky because she got her money back, but not all victims do. Postal inspectors say the hospital employee who was selling information was arrested.



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