WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9 Call For Action)-- Confusion about the requirements of the new health care law gives crooks a prime opening to rip off consumers. The scams take various forms but one version has been making the rounds in the metropolitan area in recent weeks.
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The caller claims to be with the federal government and states that under Obamacare you are required to get a new insurance card. Or you may be told that under the new health care law you are being issued a new Social Security card. The person then says it will be necessary to verify your identity before the call can proceed. You are asked to provide your address and phone number, a rather innocuous request since this information is widely available. Then you are asked for your social security number. Well, this should cause all kinds of red flags to start flying because you are being set up for identity theft.
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Or perhaps the caller tells a senior citizen I need your Medicare number so I can issue you a new card with increased benefits. Just remember your Medicare number is your social security number. Do not give it to a stranger, it is the key to your identity.
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If you receive one of these calls, do not give out any information to the caller. I received several calls, all telling me I needed a new Social Security card. During one call I refused to provide the caller with any information and then told him I knew he was a crook, he got verbally abusive, said some very rude things to me and hung up. Good riddance!!
Written By: Shirley Rooker
Director, WUSA 9 Call For Action