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Medical offices are particularly attractive targets for identity thieves because of the abundant personal information, including your Social Security number, that is included in your office records. In 2004, Quest Diagnostics, a national company that performs medical laboratory tests such as blood and urine analysis, had its information illegally accessed and used to make fraudulent purchases, including a $42,100 Cadillac Escalade. A thief made these purchases by using personal information of Edward Smith, who had been a patient of Quest Diagnostics. Smith became aware of the theft of his identity when he received a letter from an automobile insurance company congratulating him on the recent purchase of the car. Smith, who used Quest Diagnostics for blood tests for high cholesterol may now have to worry about his blood pressure going up over the stress of his identity theft.

Driving Miss Daisy to Identity Theft

The car salesman at Foreign Motors West in Natick, Massachusetts was having a good day when a New Yorker ordered not just one, but two BMW automobiles for $130,000. Fortunately for the real New Yorker, the Massachusetts con man posing as the New Yorker aroused the suspicion of the car dealership despite the fact that all his identification, including his driver's license appeared to be in good order.

Specifically, the identity thief wanted the cars as soon as possible regardless of cost or color. An investigation led to the breaking of the news to the man whose identity had been stolen. He was not even aware that his identity had been stolen. When the con man came back to pick up the first of his cars, the police were waiting to arrest him. He was charged with conspiracy, identity theft, larceny by false pretenses, forgery and uttering.



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