Karen Roach
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6 Repercussions of Soaring Medical Identity Theft
An estimated 2.3 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2014, up nearly 22 percent in the past year, a recent survey projects. Most of these individuals had their medical identity stolen or willingly gave their credentials to a family member or friend and then became a victim. Results were based on an annual survey of more than 1,000 adult-aged individuals who self-reported they or close family members were victims of medical identity theft. The Medical Identity Fraud Alliance released results of its fifth survey, which was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, ID Experts, Experian Data Breach Resolution, and Identity Finder, and conducted by Ponemon Institute, a research organization. Here are key takeaways. (Photo: Fotolia)