FTC issues warning about scammers using Obamacare ruling to get victim’s personal information
Anytime there’s a big news story grabbing the country’s attention, there are scammers out there thinking up ways to profit from it. The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning today about scam phone calls using the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to con people into giving out personal information.
According to the release, the scammers call consumers and say they are part of a government agency and need to verify some information regarding healthcare. They go on to ask for Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers or other information. They can use such information to steal a victim’s identity, make fraudulent purchases, or simply sell it to another unscrupulous party.
Don’t become a victim of this or any other telephone scam. In order to protect your money and identity, BBB has the following advice:
- Do not provide any personal information to unknown callers, including bank information, Social Security Number and contact information.
- Never wire or send money to anyone you do not know. Once you wire money it is gone forever and cannot be traced.
- Get confirmation from the company directly. If someone you do not know calls you claiming they are offering merchandise or a prize, etc on behalf of another organization, go off the call and contact the company directly to confirm any winnings or give-aways.
- Report telephone scams to BBB, the FTC and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The Telemarketing Sales Rule gives the FTC and local law enforcement officers the power to prosecute fraudulent telemarketers who operate across state lines.