A security hack involving optometrists and optometry students has resulted in false Amazon Chase credit card applications and other forms of identity theft. Students and practicing doctors of optometry from schools across the country spanning across several decades have been affected.
It is currently unclear what the source of the hack is. So far, the American Optometric Association as well as the National Board of Examiners in Optometry have both published press releases debunking any breach of security. In addition, according to a story published by Optometry Times, the American Academy of Optometry and Association for Schools and Colleges of Optometry have also confirmed their databases have not been breached.
The timing of the attack seems to have happened within the last few days or weeks. There have been many reports of optometrists and optometry students receiving Amazon Chase credit cards in the mail or having to cancel pending credit card applications they did not sign up for. Everyone in the optometric community is encouraged to call Amazon Chase Consumer Protection department at 1-888-745-0091 to ensure that their identity has not been compromised.
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All optometry students and optometrists are advised to check their credit reports for fraudulent activity. A free credit report can be obtained from one of the following sources: