According to law enforcement agencies, there has been an increase in health insurance scams, particularly those targeting the elderly.
The basic scam involves a telephone call by someone purporting to be from the government wishing to verify personal information in connection with the new health care law. Invariably, this will involve bank account information, a social security number or other personal data that you should never give to an unknown person.
This type of scam has been around for a long time and has popped up recently because of the changes involved in the new health care law. Many people are unsure what it means for them and may even be expecting some sort of notice about the changes.
However, giving personal information to an unknown person over the phone is always a mistake. The scam can target bank accounts and even lead to identity theft, with scammers opening new credit cards in your name.
Make sure that you and your loved ones, especially elders, are aware of how to protect themselves.