Obamacare Scams — Just Hang Up

by Matilda Charles

 

It’s one thing to read about how good scammers can be — and quite

another to experience it yourself. I recently received a phone call

trying to get me to divulge personal information to sign up for Obamacare.

After I got over my shock that scammers were actually calling me, I

decided to play along for a few minutes.

 

First, they knew my name. That wasn’t too surprising, but when they told

me I only had a short time to get signed up for Obamacare or I’d lose my

Medicare, I realized how dangerous these people are.

 

The trick they were pulling was to combine the new Obamacare signups with

Medicare’s open enrollment, as through the two have anything to do with

each other. Yes, they both start in October, but that’s all they have in

common. Specifically, I was told that if I signed up with them, I would

receive my new insurance card for a small fee.

 

They asked if I have a credit card. I said yes. They asked for the

number, talking very rapidly, not even listening to my questions. Their

main goal was to intimidate me into giving my credit-card number. When I

refused, they said my Medicare was going to be canceled for not signing

up for Obamacare, and I could go to jail.

 

It was a bit intimidating, even though I knew what they were doing, and I

realized how skilled they were.

 

If you get a similar call, hang up. Don’t even listen. No one from the

government is going to call you about signing up for Obamacare or the

Medicare open enrollment. If you get a call like this, call the Federal

Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.

 

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader

questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible.

 

Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com.

(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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