Scam warning issued ahead of Obama health care law launch

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A key part of President Obama’s health care law will take effect in less than two weeks, and a consumer group is urging people, especially the elderly, to be aware of scam artists.

Insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for enrollment on October 1st.

The Better Business Bureau says confusion about the controversial law will make people more vulnerable to being ripped-off.

The group says scammers will use different tactics, like asking a person for their age, their mother’s maiden name, or their address, and use that information to build a profile.

“They’re receiving calls saying they need some personal information in order to send them a health insurance card. So, there’s so much confusion today with this “Obamacare” and what it entails. Consumers look at their caller ID, they see it says ‘federal government,’ they answer it, and before you know it, they’re giving out their personal, confidential information. They only want one thing. They want to steal your identity,” said Steve Bernas, President & C.E.O. of the Better Business Bureau.

If you think you are being targeted, hang up on the scam artists right away.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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