Obamacare Switchover Carves Out Window for ID Thieves
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Consumer advocates are warning Americans to be wary of medical identification theft in advance of Oct. 1, when the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins.
The consumer scam alert website Fraud.org says con artists are prepping, too, for the official opening of Obamacare. "At Fraud.org, we are concerned that it's going to only get worse as state and federal health insurance exchanges come online this fall," the organization says in a press release. "Consumer confusion over Obamacare is one of the driving factors in these scams."
Analysts at the data security firm IdentityTheft911 agree, noting that medical ID theft can lead not only to medical bills and false insurance claims, but that when medical records are tainted with false history and diagnoses, critical treatment can be delayed and the wrong medications prescribed -- with dangerous consequences.
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