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Healthcare confusion leaves chance for scams

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The rollout of the Affordable Care Act is turning into a new opportunity for scammers. The Better Business Bureau reported that con artists are now trying to rip people off by promising to help hook people up with affordable care insurance.

It is a rehash of an already commonplace scheme involving Medicare.

In this version of the scam, people call you claiming to be from the government and say that you now have your chance to get your Affordable Care Act insurance card, but they need information first. That information includes your Social Security number, date of birth, and other personal information you do not want to share out that could be used for identity theft.

The BBB said the scheme's appearance is right on schedule.

"This is not a surprise that we're seeing scams related to the ACA. There's so much confusion; most people don't understand what it really means to them, how to enroll – if they even need to enroll. This is a prime opportunity for scam artists to take advantage, and we're already hearing that's exactly what they're doing," said Michele Mason of the BBB.

A nationwide alert from the BBB said if you're signing up for insurance coverage under the ACA, only you can initiate it – the government will not.

If the government does contact you for any purpose, it will do so by mail, not on the phone.

As always, do not give out credit card or personally identifiable information over the phone to strangers.

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