Warning in Kansas about Affordable Care Act scam
The Kansas Insurance Commissioner is warning state residents about people calling homes requesting personal information falsely based on the Affordable Care Act.
“Scammers often pose as employees of government agencies or health insurance companies when they make these unsolicited calls," said commissioner Sandy Praeger. “They request Social Security numbers, bank account information, Medicare IDs or credit card numbers.”
In a recent example, a woman in the Wichita area was contacted several times by someone who
said, “We have your new health insurance card ready to mail out but need to get your bank
number before we do.”
"The women was smart and hung up on the caller,” Praeger said. “But before she did, she got the phone number. That should help in investigating the incident.”
Commissioner Praeger urges caution when callers pitch the following:
- Giving out personal information such as the items listed above.
- Saying you have to act immediately to purchase health insurance.
- Promoting a limited-time insurance offer at a certain price.
“Before your give out information, sign a document or make a payment on something that might
not be legitimate, call the Kansas Insurance Department’s Consumer Assistance Hotline (in
Kansas at 800-432-2484," Praeger said.