"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.
For example, some con artists are calling up senior citizens requesting their Medicare number to confirm their medical status so they can receive a new "Obamacare" card. Unfortunately, their Medicare number is the same as their Social Security number. Anyone unfortunate enough to give them this information just exposed himself to the risk of identity theft.
But these scams aren't limited to the elderly. Young people -- the demographic the White House needs to enroll in order to fund the health care reform -- are being sent documents that claim to extend the health coverage they receive through their parents. The only problem is that under the new law, there's no need to fill out any new forms.
People respond to incentives. And online scammers and con artists are no different. They know that the new changes in the way people handle their health care create plenty of opportunities to scam unsuspecting people."
"For information regarding health care reform and how what your insurance options will be, call John Caris at (707) 935 - 6294 ext. 103 or Email him."