Report: Scam Artists Who “Say They’re From the Government” Looking for Personal Info Over the Phone

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

These scammers probably resemble the guy in the photo.

Federal trade regulators warned Friday that scam artists are using the healthcare law to ask for consumers’ personal information over the phone.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the illegal activity began after the Supreme Court ruled on June 28 to uphold the vast majority of the law.

Scam artists “say they’re from the government” and use the Affordable Care Act as a hook to verify information, according to an FTC alert.

“They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number,” the alert stated. “Or, they’ll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.”

Or a donation to the Obama 2012 campaign.

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