Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Professionals May Have Also Been Affected by SurroGenesis USA or the Michael Charles Company

In reading Andy Vorzimer's blog, Better Safe than Sorry, which I have attached below, I realized that anyone who has received a check from SurroGenesis USA or the Michael Charles Company may be at risk for identity theft. In addition to intended parents, surrogates and egg donors, this group may include individual practitioners such as mental health professionals, attorneys, or physicians. It may also extend to other egg donation/surrogacy agencies as well as labs.

I highly advise anyone affected by this situation to read the post below and take action to protect yourself and your agencies.

Please refer to www.eggdonor.com/blog for ongoing information about this case.

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry
A colleague has passed a long a very troubling concern she has: the possibility that Surrogates, Egg Donors and Intended Parents working with SurroGenesis and/or Michael Charles Financial might be potential candidates for identity theft. I share my friend’s concern given the circumstances and magnitude of the scam that was perpetrated.

As a result, if you ever provided any personal information to SurroGenesis USA or the Michael Charles Company, you may want to seriously consider taking immediate steps to protect your financial credit and protect yourself from identity theft. Among other things, I recommend that you contact the three credit reporting agencies and request in writing that:

They add a consumer alert to your credit file stating: “Do not issue credit without receiving verbal confirmation from this phone number: XXX.XXX.XXXX)”.

They do not change your address or phone number on file without receiving written confirmation from you.

They do not release your credit report to anyone without your express permission.

They provide you with your current credit report so you can assess whether there has been any improper activity.

The three credit reporting agencies are:

Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
Order Report# (800) 685-1111
Fraud # (888) 766-0008

EXPERIAN (formerly TRW)
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013-2104
Order Report# (888) 524-3606 or
Fraud # (888) 397-3742

TransUnion LLC
Consumer Disclosure Center
P.O. Box 1000
Chester, PA 19022

Furthermore, you may want to consider purchasing Identity Theft Protection. There are several companies like LifeLock that might be able to prevent any misappropriation of your identity and financial data. You can find a listing of other recommended Identity Theft Protection services here.

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