To avoid issues, consumers should treat their health insurance cards like they would other sensitive personal information, Kreidler advises.
They also should review all information they receive from their insurance companies or health care providers to make sure they aren't being billed for services they did not receive. If they find an issue, they should call their insurer right away.
Insurance fraud drives up costs for everyone. To learn more about how to avoid scams and help prevent fraud, visit the Insurance Commissioner's Web site at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/fraud and click on Fraud in the left-hand column.