Affordable Care Act Confusion: How to Avoid Being Scammed

Posted on 10/09/2013

Obamacare isn't just creating conflict in Congress. It's stirring up new scams according to the Better Business Bureau. According to a report from NBC News, a survey from The Kaiser Family Foundation found just over half of Americans are worried about the Affordable Care Act. Twenty-nine percent polled say they were angry about it. All of that confusion and emotion is creating a great opportunity for scammers. Check out these tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Don't Reveal Personal Information
According to the BBB con artists are taking advantage of the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Crooks are calling people claiming to be from the federal government. The caller says you've been selected to receive a new insurance card, but they must verify personal information. The scammers use this as a way to get your bank account, social security number and more. Whatever you do, don't reveal your personal information.

Hang Up the Phone
Unless you initiate the phone call, don't waste time talking to anyone who calls you claiming to be with the government. If they start asking you questions, especially personal ones, hang up the phone.

Don't Return Phone Calls
Keep in mind that the government does not use the phone as a way to correspond with people. They only use regular mail so be skeptical of any other form of communication. So if someone leaves you a message claiming to represent the government, don't return the call.

Don't Rely on Caller ID
Scammers have figured out how to manipulate caller ID. There are ways to change the display number or name on your screen to appear more legitimate. Just like with spam email, this can't be trusted.

Use Reliable Sources
To better understand the new healthcare law get your information straight from the source. Checkout for tips, information and to apply for insurance. The more informed you are the less likely you are to be taken advantage of by scammers who are hoping to prey on the confusion of others.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 10.09.13 at 4:43 PM

The same rules apply on long term care where countless people were fooled by scam-y emails without knowing it. According to that I happen to read a couple of months back, it is still safer and surer to have your business transactions on office buildings to ensure its legitimacy

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