No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than phone scammers began using it as a hook, the Federal Trade Commission warned today.
According to the FTC, telephone scam artists are "saying that under the Affordable Care Act, they need to verify some information."
For example, a caller might say that they have the routing number of a person's bank, and then use that information to get the person to reveal the entire account number. Other times, they have asked for credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, Medicare ID, or other personal information.
Among the health care-related scams, in Utah, seniors have reportedly gotten phone calls informing them that they need new Medicare cards as a result of the law, according to the Healthreform.gov website that tracks fraud reports.
Seniors won't be issued new Medicare cards, and do not need to register with anyone to receive rebate checks after they hit the prescription drug coverage gap known as the "donut hole," the site states.
In Wyoming, a fraudulent caller has claimed to be from Medicare and asked to for seniors' Medicare numbers. The government stresses that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security numbers should never be given to strangers.
The FTC's advice: "If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It's a scam."