Sunday, October 01, 2006

Medical Identity Theft Causes Man to face Home Foreclosure

Medical-Identity-Theft-Causes-Man-to-face-Home-Foreclosure audio post - click to play

In a bizarre twist of fate, an identity theft victim's
cards have been cancelled and his home is
facing foreclosure all
because a criminal used the
victim's stolen identity to have
colon surgery.

To make matters worst for the victim, a Colorado man, wasn't
even allowed to review the hospital file on him due to
federal privacy laws.

Evidently, it all begin when the victim was duped into providing
his social security number (ssn) and date of birth to verify a check
payment for his advertisement order with a trade magazine.

It appears the ad salesman who requested his SSN was actually
career criminal out on parole who got the $44,000 colon
charged to his identity theft victim's social
security number.

Months later, however, the identity thief died, after getting
his colon surgery.

But, his criminal fraud damage done to the identity theft victim
lives on.

It took the victim a full year to convince the hospital he
truly did not have colon surgery so the outstanding $44,000 bill
in his name could be waived.

"...I offered to take off my shirt to show them I
had no scars whatsoever, to prove surgery wasn’t
done on me.."

The id theft victim, also a small businessman, was forced to
take out a high interest loan for his company due to the
negative payment information on his credit report resulting
from his identity theft.

Plus, like the other 250,000 people annually who are
identity theft victims, they run the added risk
of the following mishaps due to the imposter's medical history
being confused with their own:

  • Incorrect medical treatment
  • Wrong prescriptions leading to dangerous drug interactions
  • Denial of needed surgery due to previous conditions
  • Inability to purchase disability or life insurance

Besides the financial ruin, like the Colorado identity theft victim,
you could also face years of hassle -or- outright life threatening
lack of service from the medical industry all because of the criminal
activity of an identity thief.

So, our tip(s) for today to prevent medical identity theft from
happening to you or an elderly loved one are:

  • Get copies of everything in your medical file
  • Request the disclosure of who's accessed your records
  • Look for any treatments you did not personally recieve
  • Get a list of all payments made using your medical insurance
  • Monitor your credit report for signs of un-paid medical debts

Finally, make sure you ask your doctor's office how they secure your
medical information file containing your social security number
according to the provisions of the federal HIPAA & FACTA laws.

Special end note:

Bookmark this site or subcribe to our spam free automatic updates
as we will expose in our next episode the criminal misdeeds of
an organization which simply threw medical records in the trash
without shredding them first.

You will discover the shocking truth why this is not the first nor
last time
this shameful practice takes place.

Make sure you tell a friend.


At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something is very wrong in this country when a criminal can get major surgery and just shift all of the fees to an innocent victim.

These identity thieves seem to know all of the weaknesses in our system.

You know - all the ones which honest citizens do NOT know but yet get exploited by.

I don't know what's worse that this man was victimized by identity theft or the fact the criminal seemingly got away with it (by dying)!

At 8:07 AM, Blogger agent99 said...

Agreed....something is wrong here when an identity theft fraudster can leave you paying the bills for medical identity fraud.

Get Free updates to the latest comments on this medical identity theft story

But, wait til you read/listen to our next scheduled article as it will rip the lid off an even more threatening case of medical identity theft effecting tens of thousands!

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear about the medical identity theft story which tops this one.

Keep up the good work, Agent99 whomever you are.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Ed Dickson said...

Great post - it shows the pain and suffering that victims of identity theft suffer.

At 2:27 AM, Blogger Newsquoter said...

Clare Whyley, Deputy Director of Policy at the National Consumer Council (NCC)agrees that identity theft victims can suffer long-term consequences:
Identity theft victims suffer long-term consequences

At 4:06 AM, Blogger Steve, CEO PassportMD said...

As a physician and founder & CEO of PassportMD, I completely agree with your comments and your commitment to preventing medical id theft. We believe our service, helps people become more proactive with their health, hence keeping track of their medical bills and statements to insure there are no "unknown" usages that have popped up along the way. The best way to prevent medical id theft is to be proactive and catch it before it blossoms and continues on. The only real way to do this is to monitor credit reports as frequently as possible and watch insurance EOB's to make sure your not being charged for services that were not provided to you. All of this is part of an overall strategy and effort by the consumer, to take control of their health, from the medicines, to allergies to underlying medical conditions. We have made it as easy as possible to do this and our commitment is to consumer's better health. PassportMD is a free service and should be used regardless of economic class or stature. Everyone can afford to do this as it is free, and only takes a few minutes. Effort they will pay dividends not only for health but for identity protection.

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