North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
TO NC SENIOR CONSUMER FRAUD TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Scammers Tap Into Heavy News Coverage of Health Care Ruling
The following warning issued by the Federal Trade Commission reveals yet another example of con artists attempting to steal your identity or your cash by referencing major news stories:
It's enough to make you sick. No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. They say they're from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act as a hook, they need to verify some information. They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number. Or, they'll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.
If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It's a scam. The government and legitimate organizations you do business with already have the information they need and will not ask you for it. Then, file a complaint at ftc.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP. If you think your identity's been stolen, visit ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. You also can file a complaint with your state Attorney General (Office of Attorney Gen. Roy Cooper, Toll-Free Tel. 1-877-566-7226 or www.ncdoj.gov/consumer).
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Date: July 17, 2012
David N. Kirkman
NC Senior Consumer
Fraud Task Force
Trade Commission Alerts