St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 18, 2013 – With medical insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act due to open next month, scammers may find so-called Obamacare to be an attractive way to prey on vulnerable people in attempts to steal their identities and money.
“We believe scammers are poised to call consumers and offer them health insurance cards in exchange for personal information,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president & CEO. “Consumers who receive such calls should ignore them. If you provide information, you could be at risk for identity theft.”
Here’s how the scam could work: You receive a call from someone claiming to be from the federal government. The scammer says that you have been selected to receive insurance cards under the new health care law. But before the card can be mailed, your bank account and Social Security numbers are required. Once the scammers get this information, they can sell it or use it to access your accounts.
“These scammers may be able to convince some uniformed consumers that their calls are legitimate, especially with such a hot topic as the new health care law,” Corey said. “Consumers should understand that the government rarely calls individuals. If you receive this type of call, hang up.”
The BBB offers the following tips to people who experience healthcare scams:
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