The scammers called from a blocked number, claiming to be from a government agency. They already had the person’s name and Cape Coral address. They just needed a Social Security number. So they could send out a new Medicare card, they said, reflecting changes to the program under the Affordable Care Act.
The game didn’t work that time. The senior reported the call to Florida’s Attorney General’s Office. But increasingly, scammers are preying on confusion about the health care law to steal identities or gain direct access to a bank account.
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Report suspicious calls
If you get a suspicious call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. The phone number on your caller ID – if there is one – or the name or location of the caller – is helpful information to investigators and professional fraud fighters. You can report it online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ or on the phone, toll-free, at 1-877-FTC-HELP. Your report might help stop the scammers, and it could help keep others from being scammed.
Source: Federal Trade Commission