If you have received a notice from Sentara regarding the incident where two former employees took thousands of patients’ personal information, you may be a victim of identity theft. As of the time of this article, there have been approximately 77 people who have had false tax returns filed under their identities. Another 250 identities have been misused, exactly how has not been released by investigating authorities.
Sentara is providing victims a one-year membership with ProtectMyID Alert, a credit monitoring company owned by Experian. We urge you to go online and sign up, check each report thoroughly for any information that is incorrect, and check accounts for loans, bad debt and/or credit cards that are not yours. There are three major credit reporting agencies and you will want to check the report from each: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. You may have negative reporting on your credit report of which you are unaware and we can help you dispute these errors.
Disputing any errors on your credit due to this issue should be easy, however it is usually not. We have clients who fought for years to clear their names and restore their good credit before seeking our assistance. You may not need our assistance and if that is the case, we’ll let you know; however, you may find legal assistance is necessary to straighten things out. Keep in mind a bad credit score can keep you from renting an apartment, buying property or other goods, and even getting that job you really want.
We urge to thoroughly review your reports. Call us if you find any errors and we can help you through the disputing process.