The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has joined with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to warn area residents about a new scam surrounding the Affordable Care Act, according to a press release.
Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the health legislation in June scam artists began working the phones. They claim to be from the government and say they need to verify some information now that the law has been ruled constitutional.
Scammers have asked for bank routing numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, Medicare IDs and other personal information.
The FTC—the nation’s consumer protection agency—cautioned the public in the release to not give out personal or financial information in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails or knocks on your door.
"If you get a call from someone who claims to be from the government and who asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam," according to the release.
The government already has your information, and doesn't need to ask you to verify it.
If you or someone you know gets one of these calls, the FTC wants you to file a complaint at ftc.gov or call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP.
If you think your identity’s been stolen, visit ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. You also can file a complaint with Maryland's Attorney General.