6 On Your Side Answers: Affordable Care Act scams

6 On Your Side Answers: Scammers may call with Affordable Care Act offers

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"They're after information for identity theft or banking information to steal your money," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau. "They're after information for identity theft or banking information to steal your money," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau.

By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - While the roll out of the Affordable Care Act may be confusing for some people, it is a dream come true for scam artists.

The Federal Trade Commission reports it is already investigating hundreds of complaints nationwide related to insurance scams.

Beverly from Knoxville writes, "A caller told me I was eligible for a free Affordable Care Act card and tried to get personal information from me."

If you get offers trying to sell discount health insurance under the ruse of signing up for the Affordable Care Act, hang up the phone.

Scammers look for confusion. They like it when people aren't quite sure about new changes, and the Affordable Care Act falls into that category.

"They're after information for identity theft or banking information to steal your money," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau. "This is something new. Anytime you have a new government program, they're going to come out of the woodwork and try to get as much information as they can before people get onto them."

Tipton says to hang up on anyone who calls about the Affordable Care Act. Medicare will not be affected by the act, but scammers may try to tell seniors they need to apply. Tipton also says scammers may tell you there is an Affordable Care Act card, but there is no such thing.

If someone claiming to represent the Affordable Care Act calls you asking for information, it is a scam. Remember, you will initiate the calls, not the other way around.

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