Thursday, August 22, 2013

Okay Nancy, now we know what was in it

Opportunities galore for scammers, that's what. Thanks a heap;
Shortly after the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or more commonly, "Obamacare") was signed into law in 2010, scams linked to the programs began to crop up. 
....Obamacare scams come in a variety of forms. Consumers have complained about con artists contacting them by phone, fax, email and even in person. A common version of the scam involve fraudsters claiming to be from the federal government and directing consumers to purchase insurance cards in order to be eligible for coverage under the ACA. Scammers intimidate consumers to give them their bank account routing numbers or make a direct cash transfer by using words like “it is the law” or “the government now requires it.”
....according to a Houston Chronicle report, scammers have threatened consumers with jail time if they don’t purchase the fake insurance cards. ....
Another variation of the scam begins with fraudsters claiming to be “navigators.” Under the ACA, thousands of workers, called “navigators” are being trained to help consumers apply for the insurance coverage through state and federal exchanges. Scammers claiming to be navigators or Medicare officials, trick seniors and low-income consumers into divulging personal information and paying for fictitious insurance plans. 
Would a President Sarah Palin have produced this?

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