Who knew that taking care of yourself could create opportunities for identity thieves to snag troves of personally identifiable details on you? Every time you visit the doctor or a hospital, you’re exchanging info that these crooks can use — but I have a few tips to help you fight back.
In today’s episode of Your Money Minute with Tracy Stewart, CPA, I want to talk about protecting your medical records from identity thieves. Yes, identity thieves can tap your MD for details that help them access your wealth — and I don’t want you to be a victim.
One way to keep this personally identifiable info out of the hands of crooks is to avoid sharing it altogether. Many medical providers and hospitals will ask for details like your social security or driver’s license numbers — but instead of providing them with the info, don’t give it to them. Many times, this works — and you minimize the risk of someone getting your personal information.
Another way crooks take advantage of your identity can come in the form of using your details during medical visits or procedures. I suggest you take time to monitor your medical records and see if any suspicious activity has taken place under your name. It does happen — and it can mean big headaches for you down the road.
I can’t remind you enough: Be vigilant. If you can avoid sharing sensitive information — do. Any time your social security number, driver’s license number, date of birth or other personally identifiable details are shared, make sure it’s absolutely necessary — because it’s another opportunity for thieves to swipe it.
Financial independence is unbelievably liberating. Keeping your information and wealth secure from thieves is vital to ensuring your long-time financial success.
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