If you've hitched a ride in a Sumner County ambulance, there's a chance you also received a warning in the mail saying your patient account information, including your name, date of birth, social security number and record ID, might all be in the hands of a criminal.
"If they have a heart attack and go to the hospital, and then they're taking their information, it's just not right," said Kevin Baker, a Sumner County resident.
Sumner County isn't to blame.
They hired a national company called Advanced Data Processing Inc. to handle their patient billing data.
In October, that company discovered one of their employees stole patient information and sold it to crooks hoping to file fake tax returns.
After an IRS and FBI investigation, that employee was fired and arrested.
Last Thursday, the company sent letters to victims warning them to check bank accounts, statements, and credit reports for fraud.
"It makes me feel like I need to go online and check my accounts. That's what I need to do," said Jasmine Wright, a Sumner County resident.
Advanced Data Processing believes the crook gained access to the personal information of about 740 people in Sumner County, but in total, a lot more.
Patients in 17 states across the country, they said, were affected.
A company representative said no medical information was accessed and they're taking steps to prevent this from happening again.
"As a result of this incident, the company is absolutely reinforcing to all of its employees the importance of securing confidentiality of sensitive personal data," said Lisa MacKenzie, a spokesperson for ADPI.
If you think your identity is being misused as a result of this breach, there are several things you need to do.
ADPI suggested filling out a police report and contacting the attorney general's office.
If you think your tax return has been illegally filed you need to contact the IRS.
For questions and concerns you can call ADPI at 1-877-264-9622 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or go to www.myidcare.com/intersecurity.
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