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Protect medical insurance info
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Guard your medical insurance information with the same zeal as you do your financial data. Jason Silberberg of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association says the fallout from medical fraud can damage your credit rating, open you to litigation and even result in your receiving improper medical care. "Always examine your explanation of benefits for treatments that you didn't have," he says.

Not being a mark isn't rocket science: The main thing to remember is that the less information there is out there about you, the harder you are to target. Make the con artists' jobs difficult by avoiding their scam tactics. They don't deserve to score off your hard work.

Former policewoman Carole Moore is author of "The Last Place You'd Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for Them."


 

 

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