From the desk of the Federal Trade Commision (FTC)
March 11, 2013
The FTC has recently heard about a scheme related to the Affordable Care Act that we wanted to share with our listserv members. Scammers are calling consumers and asking them to provide personal information in order to receive a (nonexistent) national medical card from the government. As you’re all aware, providing personal information over the phone can have very serious and damaging consequences.
We’ve put out a blog post warning consumers about this scam and how to protect themselves that you can find here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/variations-scheme. We expect that these kinds of scams will be popping up even more frequently as the public starts to hear more about health care reform.
If you or your clients get any calls from someone attempting this, or any similar type of scam, please let us know. Any information you can provide the FTC, such as the name, telephone number, or location of the caller, can be very helpful.