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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that medical identity theft rises roughly 200% each year. Medical ID theft is becoming a major problem for Americans. It happens when Identity thieves steal your personal information such as your name and health insurance number or Medicare card to get prescriptions, receive medical devices or treatments, get surgery, submit fraudulent claims, or obtain other benefits in your name.
IDStrong’s medical ID monitoring can help protect you from the damage of medical ID theft by monitoring your medical records number, ID number, health insurance card data, and other sensitive personal information. We send you notifications and alerts when we find that your breached or leaked information shows up online. Keeping a close eye on all your personal information helps you prevent fallout due to identity theft.
The risks of medical identity theft are tremendous. Not only does it disrupt medical care, but it also results in substantial financial losses for both the insured and the insurer. The average cost of fixing the damage after medical identity theft is $13,500. Some of the other dangers of medical ID theft include:
These and other threats are very real and immediate. With so many data breaches, especially within healthcare organizations, medical data is leaked on the dark web all the time. You need our medical ID monitoring to protect yourself and keep an eye on all your personal records.
Last year alone, billions of Americans’ healthcare records were breached. For example, the Accellion FTA Hack exposed 3.51 million records from 100 companies, 11 of them were healthcare providers. Other notable breaches were:
Once your information is exposed online, identity thieves can use it to file fraudulent claims, get services, buy expensive prescriptions, and more, all billed to your healthcare account. These are not isolated incidents; it’s a widespread problem you need to protect yourself against.
With so many dangers associated with medical ID fraud and theft, you cannot be too careful. Our service monitors your medical records number, ID number, health insurance card, and details to watch for any exposure online. When we find your medical information where it shouldn’t be, we alert you so you can take quick action to fix the problem.
We will continuously monitor your personal and financial information for any potential threats on the dark web and beyond
We will instantly notify you if we detect that your information is leaked, exposed, or breached
Our identity and credit protection experts are available 24/7 to help you take the necessary actions to restore your identity
We monitor billions of records on the dark web and alert you if we detect that your information is exposed or traded
We monitor your credit profile for any suspicious inquiries, new loans, or any credit related changes
We monitor your property and alert you if we detect that there has been a change of address or ownership
If you fall victim to ID theft, we will provide you with up to $1 million in coverage with a no deductible for identity theft recovery expenses
If your wallet is lost or stolen, we will provide you with quick and reliable help in navigating the recovery process. We will walk you through the entire process every step of the way
If you experience identity theft, our fraud resolution team will deliver step-by-step support to investigate and restore your identity
A stolen medical identity could have serious consequences such as:
More than 50% of Americans have had their identity stolen at some point or know someone who has been a victim of identity theft, with statistics on medical identity fraud showing the following:
Identity theft occurs when a fraudster uses another person’s personally identifiable information (PII), such as their name, date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, credit card number, bank account, or passwords, without their authorization, to commit crimes. On the other hand, medical identity theft is a form of identity fraud that occurs when perpetrators use a patient’s name, social security number, health insurance number, and other PII data to purchase medical products, prescription drugs, or receive medical services or procedures on your health plan. The culprits, in this case, are usually “insiders” who work at healthcare facilities and can easily access patient information. They use the info themselves or sell it to organized medical identity theft gangs.
If you suspect you’ve been a victim of medical identity theft, you can immediately take a number of steps:
Each health insurance plan is strictly associated with a person and their social security number, and it’s illegal to use another person’s insurance plan. However, if you lose your insurance card or if hackers or identity thieves intercept your personal data, they could take advantage of your medical plan to get treatment drugs and file health claims with your insurer, in your name, without your knowledge. In this case, the perpetrator’s medical data will compromise your medical records, treatments, insurance, and payment records.
Medical information is at least ten times more valuable than any other identifying data because:
Medical identity thieves usually fall under five categories:
Besides offering identity and credit monitoring, IDStrong helps patients keep their medical identity under surveillance against data thieves. By monitoring a person’s medical insurance number and the medical records number assigned to individuals by hospitals and medical groups, we may be able to help people act against suspicious activities or changes linked to their personal details. Our search engine scours the internet, including the dark web, underground discussion forums, and black markets. When our search tools identify compromised data, we send you an alert notifying you of the data leak. Therefore, we’re enabling potential victims to take action sooner rather than later, which could minimize possible losses and could even help them prevent medical ID theft from happening.
Finding someone’s data exposed online doesn’t necessarily mean it’s already been used or bought by criminals; therefore, intercepting it on time could make a significant difference in preventing stolen medical identities from being an accessory to a crime.
Health insurance fraud can take place at any point during the medical insurance process, starting with purchasing coverage and ending with receiving care. Therefore, apart from medical identity theft, we have the following types of fraud:
Having a proactive approach to preventing identity theft makes a huge difference. Patients could stay safe from becoming victims of medical identity theft by adopting some simple cautionary steps such as:
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