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Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 19:15:08-04

Identity theft is an ongoing and growing problem, but one man in Omaha found out in an unusual way that he's become a victim.

Alexis Martinez, 20, received a $2,160 medical bill in the mail from CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center.  The bill says he went to the emergency room on February 21st and had X-rays and blood work done.

Martinez says he's healthy and that never happened.

He's filed a police report for identity theft and says the person used his name, address, and social security number, but used the wrong birth date and insurance company.

"It sucks to know that somebody out there, whoever it is you don't know who it is, they're trying to use your name and date of birth. Who is it?" Martinez questioned.

CHI says it's investigating according to its identity theft policy.

The BBB says though identity theft continues to be on the rise, this is a unique situation.

Jim Hegarty with the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Southwest Iowa says it's important to remain calm, and remember with massive data breaches it's happening to people across the country.

"I think it's a good reminder for people to be very proactive, monitor your statements, make sure that there aren't charges that are unauthorized that you don't understand.  If you see something you don't understand reach out to your financial institution immediately," Hegarty explained.

The Nebraska Medical Center says they also have an identity theft policy.

Police haven't told KMTV if any suspects have been identified.

If you've been victimized the ID Theft Resource Center can help you rebuild your credit from a breach step-by-step for free. Either call (888)-400-5530 or go to http://www.idtheftcenter.org/ for more information.