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Crooks Using Court’s Health Insurance Ruling to Steal Private Information

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Scammers always keep an eye on the headlines for events they can use to trick you. This time, they’ve jumped on the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).
The scammers are pretending to be government employees. When they call, they may be armed with a bit of information like the routing number for your bank. The purpose of the call, they’ll say, is to “verify” that number or other information. Using that hook they push forward, to see if they can get you to provide your bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers.
Legitimate government employees should never call asking for your personal information.  If you receive such a call, hang up. And remember, your telephone’s Caller ID feature can be manipulated. Scammers can make it appear that your bank, a charity, a government office, etc., is calling.
Learn more about telephone scams. If you’ve been the victim of a scam you can file a complaint with our office online or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.