FTC Alert on ACA Scams
- 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
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:
ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
Resource to Investigative and Security Professionals
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