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What are the consequences of Medical Identity Theft?

While ordinary identity theft can wreak havoc on your credit record and bank accounts, medical identity theft, in which criminals use your personal information to obtain insurance money, prescription drugs, or medical services, can hurt in other ways. If a thief messes with your medical records, you could get stuck with medical bills that aren't yours or possibly even worse, an inaccurate medical chart. In the case of a medical emergency, the results could be life-threatening. Or you could become uninsurable or unemployable because your files show medical problems or procedures you've actually never had.

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