August 23, 2013
The new Obamacare insurance exchanges haven’t opened but scammers already are abusing the system in order to steal identities, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
“Crooks are exploiting peoples’ confusion about what health reform means to them by weaseling into their living rooms and trying to pretend they’re from the federal government — requiring them to sign up for what they term Obamacare insurance and then saying, ‘Hey, all you need to do is give me your bank account numbers, your credit card number and your Social Security number and then we’ll sign you up on the federal roster,’” according to James Quiggle of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
Instead, the con artists are stealing identities, ruining credit scores and committing medical fraud with the victim’s insurance information. The scams reportedly started not long after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.