BBB: Scammers using Affordable Health Care Act to swindle consumers
Posted at: 09/11/2013 4:36 PM | Updated at: 09/11/2013 5:29 PM
The Better Business Bureau says there is a new scam that could impact you and they don't think it will go away anytime soon.
The BBB says scammers are getting personal information by pretending to be connected to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
These types of scams are done over the phone. But these people are also using email and even going door-to-door.
They are contacting people claiming to be part of the Affordable Care Act and saying they have options for you to sign up for health insurance at a discount. They're also posing as Medicare employees, demanding money in order to continue your eligibility.
So why is this scam so effective?
Peggy Penders, BBB, said, "This is in the headlines and a lot of news stories and coverage. There is a lot of confusion on what the options are and there are a lot of buzz words like, exchange, so consumers that maybe looking for health insurance could be in need, but need to seek out this information on their own."
The next phase of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1, that's when consumers can purchase a health insurance through New York State run exchanges. It's up to you to find and decide on a program, no one should be coming to you. The New York State Department of Health has a website that breaks down the Affordable Care Act. There is also more information on healthcare.gov website.