I retired from the Philadelphia Police Department with the rank of detective after serving for 25 years. Before joining Independence Blue Cross (Independence) in 2008, I worked with the Recording Industry Association of America investigating music piracy, manufacturing, and distribution of counterfeit CDs. As a senior financial investigator in the Corporate Financial Investigation Department at Independence, I play a role in our company’s cost containment strategy by investigating fraud, waste, and abuse in our health care system.
We’ve all gotten a phone call like this one: “Congratulations, you won an all-expenses-paid vacation! All we need is some information about you.”
You may think you won’t be fooled by this type of too-good-to-be-true offer, but scammers have practice in the art of “phishing,” a technique used to trick you into sharing personal information.
In the case of medical identity theft,...