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ADA offers ID theft resource

February 03, 2015

By Craig Palmer

Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft, an ADA member resource available on ADA.org, attempts to provide dentists with information needed to respond to the unauthorized disclosure or theft of their personal information.

This resource summarizes steps an individual can take to respond to identity theft and provides links to federal government resources with more information about those steps. Among common forms of identity theft cited in the document are tax return ID theft; credit, ATM and debit card ID theft; child ID theft; medical ID theft, and military ID theft. The document also includes sections on “Protecting Yourself Is Important,” “Warning Signs of Identity Theft” and “Action Items for Victims of Identity Theft.”

The document provides information from federal government sources including the Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration but does not include information about state law requirements.

“Dentists whose personal information has been compromised should seek information from the appropriate federal or state agency and legal advice from their own attorneys on matters involving data security and identify theft,” the Association resource said.

The member-only resource is available at www.ada.org/ID-Theft.

The FTC and IRS posted educational materials and other resources during the current tax filing season that focus on tax-related ID theft, describing it variously as “a scam to avoid, “a major concern,” “a growing issue” and “an ongoing battle as identity thieves continue to create new ways of stealing personal information and using it for their gain.” Visit ftc.gov/taxidtheft and the identity theft section at irs.gov for more information.