Physician Tax Fraud Scheme

Alabama has now been added to a growing list of states with a doctor targeted tax fraud outbreak.  Hundreds of physicians in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Michigan, North Carolina, Vermont and Alabama have been impacted.

A bulletin from the North Carolina Medical Society recently said, “The majority of those affected first become aware of it when they receive an IRS 5071C letter advising them of possible fraud. Others are receiving a rejection notification when attempting to electronically file their tax return. It indicates it cannot be submitted because a return has already been filed under that Social Security number.”

Earlier week, the UAB IT Information Security Team received information that a half-dozen physicians associated with a local medical group affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Alabama have also been victimized as a result of this scheme.  We have unconfirmed reports that several UAB physicians may also be impacted.

We are in contact with the local FBI field agent regarding this matter and are asking if you or a physician you know has been affected by this, please contact the UAB Chief Information Security Officer at (205) 975-3117 or by email to jwp3@uab.edu for additional information.

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Announcements will appear in the Announcements module on your institution home page and on the course home page (if the default home page is retained). You can also designate announcements as the home page if you so desire. You can also opt to email announcements to each individual in the course. This option uses the uab.edu email address imported in the course roster.

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UAB IT has become aware of an email solicitation effort by DROPBOX (company) targeted toward UAB faculty, staff and students that appears to indicate UAB is supporting this solicitation. Please be aware that this solicitation is not sanctioned or supported by UAB and that Dropbox is not a contracted vendor of UAB.  Users are reminded that they should never utilize DROPBOX or any other similar type of service (where no contractual agreement exists between UAB and the vendor) to store any UAB confidential information.  If you have questions please contact AskIT at 205-996-7227 or askit@uab.edu.  

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The 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive is underway!  From now until December 11th, members of the UAB community are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys suitable for children between the ages of infant and 12 years. 

Individuals wishing to donate toys should place them in the designated collection boxes or bring them to the UAB Administration Building lobby by noon on December 11th.  Toy collection boxes are located in buildings throughout campus, including the Administration Building, Campbell Hall, CH19, Cudworth Hall, FAB, Kaul Building, Heritage Hall, Hoehn, Lister Hill Library, School of Nursing, Public Health and the UAB Police Department just to name a few.  Sterne Library is also participating again this year, and library fines not exceeding $25 will be waived when you bring in the overdue books and a new, unwrapped toy (applied to current overdue books and fines only).

For more information about the 19th annual UAB Holiday Toy Drive, contact Lauren Ritchie at 975-0250 or lritchie@uab.edu.

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UAB Telecommunications is implementing our new voice mail platform on November 15th, 2012.

Your new voice mail box has been created on the new system and we need you to setup your new voice mail box prior to the cutover on November 15th.

Please go to our IT Telecommunications website for complete directions in setting up your new voice mail box.

You will be able to access archived voice mail messages on your old voice mail until December 15th, 2012.  To access archived messages dial (6-6001) and follow the prompts.

For any questions or concerns please contact our help desk at  Repaircomm@uab.edu, or call our Telecom help desk at 4-7777 with any issues or questions.

*Please note that UAB Health System Cisco VoIP phones will not be affected by the cutover to the new voice mail system.