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Identity theft is not just about stealing your credit card number. Nowadays, thieves will also try to get your medical information so that they can make fraudulent claims, get prescription medications, or ask for medical care.  This is why people are asked to keep their medical information private.

It can be very easy for professional thieves to steal your health plan number or social security number. They can use this information to commit medical identity theft. Aside from using your numbers to avail of medical services and medications, they can use this information to bill you with services you never received, or to put false information on your medical records.

Here are important reminders that can help keep you avoid medical identity theft:

Keep in mind that the sooner you detect and report a medical identity theft, the easier it can be for the authorities to stop the thief and to provide you with protection. For more information on the matter, go to the Federal Trade Commission website or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338). You can also visit the U.S. Health and Human Services Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud.