Morrisey releases warning on Affordable Care Act scam

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia attorney general has issued an alert of a scam involving the Affordable Care Act.

Scammers are posing as officials from Medicare, other government agencies and insurance providers to trick citizens into providing personal information, including financial information, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

These scams often involve a phone call or unsolicited email, but they may also involve people going door-to-door in neighborhoods.

“These scammers are telling people that they need to provide private information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal data, so that they can continue to have health care coverage,” Morrisey said.

The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert earlier this year about a scam in which a person posing as a government official calls consumers under the guise of sending out new national medical cards.

The caller then asks the consumer to confirm their name, address, phone number and bank account.

“People who get questionable correspondences should never provide personal information over the Internet or phone,” Morrisey said.

The commission said callers in one scam posed as Medicare employees who were requesting information to ensure the citizen maintained his or her eligibility because “change is on the horizon.” Other scams try to sell poor or nonexistent health care coverage to citizens.