All the talk about the new federal healthcare program has brought out the scammers.
The state Department of Consumer Affairs says they've received several reports where people are being called by someone trying to get personal information supposedly related to so-called “Obamacare.”
Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Juliana Harris says, for example, con artists are requesting bank account information in order to sign up a consumer.
Or they're asking to verify Medicare numbers so a consumer can be sent a new Medicare card.
But Harris warns that involves giving out your Social Security number – not a good idea to anyone you don't know.
“If you're getting a call and they're claiming to be from Medicare, be sure to follow up with Medicare directly and see if they're making the calls,” Harris advises. “But nine times out of 10, a government agency isn't going to call you to verify information or collect a debt or anything of that nature.”
Harris says the best policy is to always be skeptical, check out who's claiming to be on the phone, safeguard your personal info, and warn your family and friends that these types of scams are going around.