With all the breaches and hacking incidents in the news lately, we wanted to bring a medical-related security concern to your attention: prescription fraud.

Prescription fraud is obtaining or prescribing medication under false pretenses. There are several ways to commit prescription fraud, both as a patient or physician, but today we want to talk about a newer type: false requests for medications sent to your doctor’s office. Considering how much personal information is readily available nowadays, criminals have begun using people’s identities to request phony prescriptions or refills. We received one such fax recently, which was quickly caught. They were likely hoping to either receive prescriptions or get further information from us in order to falsify future prescriptions.

Your identity is more at risk now than ever before. There have been several large breaches in the past year that made headlines, any one of which could – and probably did – make your personal data not so private anymore.

It’s more important than ever to keep your information and finances secure.

Some good security habits are:

– Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts, and change passwords regularly.

– Regularly review your credit report and financial statements for suspicious activity.

– Review insurance benefit notices for suspicious claims or charges.

– Use caution when connected to public wifi. Any activity could be visible to other users.

Unfortunately, even the most cautious person’s information can now be readily available to anyone with the right connections. If all else fails and you suspect or discover you are a victim of any form of identity theft, you can get help from the Identity Theft Resource Center at www.idtheftcenter.org.

CFM will continue to ensure your information remains secure with us. Stay safe out there!

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