The Massachusetts Prescription Advantage program has had a data breach. Those senior citizens who are enrolled in the program are at risk of identity theft:
“The state of Massachusetts is warning 150,000 members of its Prescription Advantage insurance program that their personal information may have been snatched by an identity thief.
Local authorities arrested a lone identity thief in August who had been using information taken from the program in an attempted identity theft scheme, said Alison Goodwin, a spokeswoman for the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.”
The report does not elaborate on whether the data was distributed further or sold. Those who are at risk may put a freeze on their credit report. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has information on its web site about the initial step to take in safeguarding finances when there has been a data breach.
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