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FTC Alert on ACA Scams

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  • Peter Psarouthakis
    FTC Alert on Scammers Out to Trick Consumers on Supreme Court s Affordable Health Care Ruling Soon after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 16, 2012
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      FTC Alert on Scammers Out to Trick Consumers on Supreme Court's Affordable
      Health Care Ruling




      Soon after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the
      constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, ISPLA reported to our members
      various timelines regarding certain provisions to be implemented in the
      years to come. Now the Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on some new
      developments in a recent press release.
      It's enough to make you sick, according to the FTC. No sooner had the
      Supreme Court ruled on the ACA than scam artists began working the phones.
      They say they're from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act
      as a hook, say they need to verify some information. 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 FTC 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.

      If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your
      personal information, hang up. It's a scam. The government and legitimate
      organizations you do business with already have the information they need
      and will not ask you for it.

      For more information about the federal health care law, visit:
      <http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/index.html>
      http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/index.html

      Bruce Hulme
      ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
      <http://www.ispla.org/> www.ISPLA.org
      Resource to Investigative and Security Professionals


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