"What do you think is more expensive: your Social Security number or your medical records? While some people guard their Social Security numbers like the vault combination to their lives, they sell for only $1 on the black market. Your medical records, on the other hand, are 50 times more valuable.
More often than not, once these online thieves get their hands on these online records, they can access the person's most private information. This includes their Social Security number. But that's only the beginning. They can use their records to order prescription drugs online, obtain medical care, and submit fraudulent insurance claims to the government. The opportunities presented go beyond just opening a couple of credit cards in your name.