Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2013
With the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, officially in effect as of this October, there has been a significant increase in scammers taking advantage of those confused by the new changes in American healthcare policy.
The FTC has found healthcare fraud to be on the rise and is expecting it to increase in the following months, leading to both fraud and identity theft for consumers.
“It's estimated that 60% of Americans still don't understand how the Affordable Care Act affects them. Scammers are exploiting widespread confusion to defraud consumers in the name of Obamacare,” explains Scambook’s Director of Marketing Kase Chong.
Scambook, the Internet’s leading online complaint resolution platform, is offering tips to spot these scams and avoid them when making the switch to new insurance under the Affordable Care Act:
1. The Fake “Obamacare Card” Scam: Victims receive a phone call from a scammer who claims to represent the government, informing them that they need an “Obamacare Card” to be eligible for the Affordable Care Act. Other scammers may offer it as an insurance discount card or even as a discount plan for prescription medications. Potential victims are asked to pay upfront via Western Union or prepaid cards, or the scammer may tell them the card is free if they provide their social security number or other personal info.