Attention Grand Valley seniors: Beware of Obamacare scams
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 sign-ups with Medicare’s open enrollment, as though 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.
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