BBB Warns of Health Care Scam

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – There's a health insurance scam going around the Stateline. The Better Business Bureau says con-artists are trying to take advantage of confusion over the national health care law. Identity thieves are calling consumers claiming they're eligible for health insurance cards in exchange for personal information like social security numbers and credit card information.

The BBB offers the following tips to people who experience the affordable healthcare scams:

• Hang up the phone. If you get one of these calls, just hang up. You may be tempted to call back, but this will only give the scammer another opportunity to steal your information. Also, be sure not to press any buttons that the scammer instructs.

• Never give out personal information. Never give out your bank account numbers, date of birth, credit card number or social security number.

• Don’t rely on caller ID. Some scammers are able to display a company’s name or phone number on the caller ID screen. Don’t trust that the information you see is true.

• The government rarely communicates via phone calls. Most of the time, the government uses traditional snail mail to communicate to consumers. The government rarely calls, emails or texts, so don’t give your information to these types of government messages.

For more tips and information about affordable healthcare scams, visit www.bbb.org


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