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HUNDREDS of Woolworths Rewards members have been targeted by fraudsters in a bid to steal their points over the past few months.

The retail giant has moved to tighten account management controls following increased reports of scammers targeting customers.

A spokesman for the supermarket chain told our sister paper there was no evidence to suggest its systems had been breached or compromised.

“Our investigations indicate to us they’ve had their details obtained from another source or from a scam,” the spokesman said.

More than 11 million Australians have a Rewards card with Woolworths. A few hundred are believed to have been directly affected.

Hundreds of customers were potentially affected.

Rewards online accounts with suspicious logins have been locked down and customers who were potentially affected have been contacted directly.

All fraudulently redeemed points will be reinstated to members in full.

“We value the trust of our members and take our responsibility to uphold the security of their accounts seriously,” Woolworths director of loyalty Ingrid Maes said.

“It’s clear fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in the ways they target users online and our members are unfortunately not immune to these threats.

“That’s why we’ve put in place a range of new account security controls to help our members keep their accounts more secure.

“As always, we encourage our members to remain ever vigilant of online scammers and to keep their accounts as secure as possible with strong and unique passwords.”

To put a stop to the fraud Woolworths has implemented the following changes:

One Time Code: members will be required to enter a unique one time code sent to their email address if they wish to change point redemption preferences.

Auto-notification of redemption settings changes: members will receive immediate notification via email if their stored redemption preferences is changed.

Enhanced password security: new and existing members updating passwords will be required to use a password comprising at least 8 characters, a number, and upper and lower case characters. This will assist customers to adopt stronger passwords.

According to the latest ACCC data, Australians have reported 104,000 scams so far in 2018, totalling $84 million.

Henry Sapiecha

Doctor on trial for fraud and misdiagnosing patients to fund ‘opulent lifestyle’

Have you ever received a diagnosis or prescription from a doctor…

…and you had a gut feeling it just wasn’t right?

While most doctors have the best of intentions… The story herein demonstrates why you should ALWAYS pay more attention to that gut feeling.

Meet Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada — a South Texas rheumatologist.

Fox News reports Dr. Zamora-Quezada diagnosed hundreds of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients say he shot them full of drugs — even harsh chemotherapy chemicals — and charged them over $1,000 a visit.

The problem?

Almost none of them had rheumatoid arthritis!

So, why did Dr. Zamora-Quezada tell them they did?

Just follow the money.

Court records show Dr. Zamora-Quezada raked in over $240 million in kickbacks from private insurance companies AND taxpayer funded Medicare.

In fact, the feds seized a Maserati supercar, a private jet, and 5 homes (including 2 penthouses in Mexico)…

All purchased with dirty money this quack stole from innocent people.

Case.>Maria Zapata went to see Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada a little more than five years ago because one of her knees was bothering her. The rheumatologist told her that she had arthritis and that he’d give her injections “to strengthen the cartilage” in her knee, she said.

Her husband asked, “Why are you giving her so many injections?” The doctor reassured them that the treatment would help.
But Zapata, 70, of McAllen, Texas, said the medication didn’t help and might have been making things worse: There was discoloration on her legs. Other doctors raised concern about the treatments, and her family doctor even told her she didn’t have arthritis.
When patients would question his procedures and diagnoses, he’d dismiss them from his clinic.
Nora Rodriguez, 44, said Zamora-Quezada kicked her out after she asked why all the medicines he prescribed hadn’t worked. “He kept getting upset when I was asking him why I was feeling worse and not getting better,” she said. “He yelled and told me, ‘you are no longer my patient; get out of this office.’ I’m getting chills remembering this.”
When they would request their medical records, Zamora-Quezada would “conceal patient records from other rheumatologists,” the indictment says.
The documents said he would even hide those records from Medicare in an insecure and dilapidated building in the Rio Grande Valley. Photos in the court documents show a pile of medical records haphazardly thrown across the floor of the building.
The FBI is asking for other patients who were in the doctor’s care between January 2000 and May 2018 to call the hotline at 1-833-432-4873, Option 8, or email [email protected] The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services and resources.
This case is certainly not an isolated incident involving potential medical fraud. Health care fraud costs the country about $68 billion annually, according to estimates from the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, and that’s probably a conservative number. That’s about 3% of the $2.26 trillion the country spends on health care, according to the association.
“It makes me feel bad, because you go to a doctor trusting in them,” former patient Zapata said. “I felt bad because he was practically inventing things.”

Now, Dr. Zamora-Quezada is currently on trial. And there’s no doubt the judge will send him on a one-way trip to the slammer.

Unfortunately, there are still many other doctors prescribing drugs that people don’t need.

And even if they’re doing nothing technically illegal… Most MDs have Big Pharma breathing down their necks to dole out scripts like Halloween candy.

Henry Sapiecha