The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of a new identity theft scam that is taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act. commonly referred to as “Obama Care”. According to Consumer Reports.org, the new schemes are using ignorance about the new law to target consumers.
Thieves are apparently calling potential victims and identifying themselves as federal employees. They tell consumers they are one of the first to be selected for health insurance cards under the Affordable Care Act. I.D. thieves then state that to receive the cards, they have to provide their name, address, phone number, bank account number, and other personal information.
According to specialists with the FTC, large changes in government policy often result in scams that target consumers who are not fully aware of their rights. Until these policies and the rights of citizens are public knowledge, these scams will yield results for thieves. For those who provide their personal information, thieves can use the information to drain bank accounts, take out loans, create new accounts, and make credit card charges, all of which will be directly put on the heads of victims.
Everyone should be aware of what calls are more likely to be scams and never divulge sensitive information. If you have received a bogus solicitation, call the FTC at (877) 382-4357.
If you have been the victim of I.D. theft, San Bernardino identity theft victim lawyer can help. Learn more about the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver and how they can help by calling (855) 341-2611.