Daily Q&A: How can I tell if I am a victim of medical identity theft?

What is medical identity theft and how do I know if I am a victim?

Medical identity theft involves someone else's use of your identity to receive care and treatment.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says some signs that you might be a victim of medical identity theft include:

• You get a bill for medical services you didn't receive.

• A debt collector contacts you about medical debt you don't owe.

• You order a copy of your credit report and see medical collection notices you don't recognize.

• You try to make a legitimate insurance claim and your health plan says you've reached your limit on benefits.

• You are denied insurance because your medical records show a condition you don't have.

For more information about medical identity theft and tips to avoid it, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt10.shtm.

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Daily Q&A: How can I tell if I am a victim of medical identity theft? 03/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:54pm]

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