Scammers Target Elderly with Confusion over Obamacare
Ohio News Connection Reporting
With the confusion over changes in health care and with open enrollment for those on Medicare – scammers are preying on seniors, trying to get their Medicare and bank account numbers.
Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland says current Medicare beneficiaries should not be fooled.
The Federal Trade Commission says the scammers claim to be from the government and insist on getting information so new national medical cards can be issued. McConnell says don’t fall for it. She says no one should be calling unsolicited about health-care changes. Ohioans who need information on open enrollment can go online at healthcare.gov.
The consumer advocate says there is some confusion about the Affordable Care Act, and scammers will use that as a way to intimidate consumers to get the information they want.
McConnell adds that you can’t trust your caller I-D.
McConnell says the government typically uses the U-S mail to contact people. So, if you get an email, a text message, or a phone call and they claim to be from the government, she says don’t buy it. It’s probably a scammer trying to get something from you.