BBB: Scammers using ACA confusion to get personal information

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 11:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There is a warning for consumers from the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission.

Both organizations want you to be aware people may take advantage of the confusion around the Affordable Care Act to steal your identity.

“We have Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency locally,” Regan Hunt, Kentucky Voices for Health, said.  “If they’re out of the area maybe someone from Community Action Kentucky, but they should not be approached by someone other than that.”

Hunt says those organizations may approach you at a healthcare event, or a member of the Network for Community Change could come to your house.

“A lot of people are very confused over it,” Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Better Business Bureau, said.  “The scam artists are coming out of the woodwork.”

Any time the person calling presses for personal information, like a social security number, the BBB advises you hang up immediately.

“Really and truly, it’s kind [of] like the IRS, hey have your information,” Smith-Hamblin said.  “The government has your information.  They probably know more about you than you yourself know.”

If you get approached or a call from someone, and want to check if they are legitimate you can call:  1-855-459-6328

Kentucky Voices for Health will then be able to tell you if the person is certified to help you.



 

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