Identity theft demonstrates unique danger to healthcare professionals

In addition to the damage identity theft does to its targets, the case of a Massachusetts plastic surgeon demonstrates how it can hurt those around them, the Boston Globe reports. Not only was Linda N. Lee, M.D., the victim of identity theft, the thief has sent out emails seeking to recruit medical professionals for non-existent practices in New York City, Arizona and California, using invented perquisites such as a $10,000 signing bonus and free Range Rover. Worse, the thief is using Lee's photograph and Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School credentials. As the crime becomes increasingly common, Lee said, it's doubtful authorities will track the thief down, even as his or her marks send their personal information. Article