In an important warning, federal trade regulators have warned that scam artists are starting to use the new healthcare law to gain personal information from consumers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has explained that this illegal activity started after the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on June 28th when they ruled to uphold the majority of the law.
According to the FTC alert, the scam artists are asking consumers to verify information and they are claiming to be from the government. As the alert communicated, “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.”
The alert dramatically said that, “If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam.”
As the FTC warned on their website,
“The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, advises consumers not to give out personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails, or knocks on your door. Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.”