Medical Identity Theft, Identity Fraud on the Rise

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Have you ever wondered about someone stealing your identity to receive medical care paid for by your insurance company? What about someone assuming your identity to fill a prescription medication? Those are just two examples of medical identity theft, a crime that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans each year and is on the rise. In fact, “the problem could exponentially worsen as medical records become increasingly computerized and increasingly available online,” according to this editorial from the Scripps Howard News Service.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.