The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, has issued a warning that scam artists are taking advantage of the publicity surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.
According to the FTC, scam artists claiming to work for the government will call under the pretense that the Affordable Care Act requires the consumer to report personal information to the caller. In some cases, the caller may ask for a bank routing number, credit card information, Social Security number or other personal data. Calls from people claiming to be from the government and who ask for this type of information are not legitimate.
No government program, including the Obama health care plan, requires consumers to give personal information over the phone. The AG’s Office warns that if consumers receive a call like this they should hang up immediately because it is a scam.
Consumers who believe they have been a victim, or who would like to report consumer fraud, may file a consumer complaint with the Attorney General’s Office. To file a complaint online, consumers can visit: www.azag.gov/consumer/complaintform.html.