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On Wednesday 16 April 2014 14:54:03 Karen Lewellen wrote:
> I give you an example of medical identity theft.  At least how it
> can happen stateside.
> You are say a senior or someone with a print disability in a
> doctor's office.
> You must get help completing the forms, and the first question you
> must provide  is...?

This is a very American rant.  The inability of the rest of us to make 
sense of it is because it doesn't apply to most of us.

Anyhow, anyone who wants my medical identity is welcome to it - so 
long as I lose it when they acquire it. ;-)


> your social security umber.   Add that you may also be providing
> this person private insurance numbers and the like.  A person need
> only write down our identification and have a field day.
> Given how challenging it is to correct damage done on your credit
> file, see the informative story on the 60 minutes website about
> this, a person may never get cleared.  the thief on the other hand
> is getting credit cards and cell phones and medial things with your
> information.
> because the victim may not be able to investigate with ease, they
> might not even know their identity has been compromised.
> make sense?
> Kare
> On Wed, 16 Apr 2014, shawn wilson wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM, John Hasler <jhasler@newsguy.com> 
> >> Bill Wood writes:
> >>> and medical identity theft has risen sharply in recent years.
> >>
> >> What is medical identity theft?
> >
> > I'd also be interested seeing the proof for the claim (I think he
> > means medical data breaches but IDK anyone has disclosed that
> > information).
> >
> >
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