Medical identity theft is one of the more complicated and problematic types of identity theft.
Medical identity theft results from the fraudulent use of an individual’s personal information, Social Security number, or health insurance information to obtain medical goods and services, money through insurance fraud, or insurance coverage for treatments. This may result in a number of problems for the victim which might include a collection account for a past due bill, medical insurance filing errors, or distorted medical records that could affect future medical treatment.
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Health Insurance Fraud - Does it involve medical identity theft?
While not all health insurance fraud is a case of medical identity theft, there is a risk that identity theft may be involved in some instances. Here we share information from the FBI about healthcare fraud and ways to avoid becoming a party to it.
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Affordable Care Act-Themed Scams
The Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau are warning consumers about scammers using the Affordable Care Act to attempt to steal personal information and money. The important thing to know right now is that the insurance is not available until October, 2013. So, if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the federal government and inviting you to request an insurance card, hang up. This is not a legitimate call and if you continue speaking with the person, they will try to obtain your personal information, including bank account information.