Warm temperatures in store ahead of cold front

4 items your doctor doesn’t need that could put you at risk for ID theft

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Health care cuts

Identity theft from medical records is one of the most common forms of ID theft these days.

Experts say it’s a growing trend and you may be able to blame your doctor’s office.

Credit.com reports that medical offices don’t always do the best job of protecting your information.

The website has four pieces of information your doctor doesn’t need to know so the information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

  • Your social security number, except for Medicare patients.
  • Family members’ social security numbers.
  • You email address.
  • Any financial information not used to pay your immediate bill. For example, don’t let the office keep your credit card on file.