Caution Over Health Care Scams Advised
Scammers use all sorts of gimmicks from emails to facebook to get you had over your social security number and your bank account. Consumers are vulnerable.
Most definitely, this is what we're concerned about.
Playing a game of pool, Alton Davis knows... but the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act... Davis does not. That means asking questions and not being rushed into making snap decisions.
"Several companies insurance companies wrote us that they had better insurance than I had, but when I talked to them about it, its the same," says Davis.
It can be confusing. Even the web sites that are similar to the governments healthcare dot gov site.
"Recently we've gotten a few phone calls from Tulsa area consumers who said they've received these strange phone calls wanting information from them to find out if they qualify for the Affordable Care Act," says Rick Brinkley with the Better Business Bureau.
Brinkley says you also need to be careful opening emails circulating with links directing people to fake web sites to steal your personal information, steal your identity. Davis says he was recently overcharged for some dental work. Now he's applying the lessons from that experience to the healthcare scams out there.
"You need to ask questions before you get services done, I learned from that," adds Davis.
Life Senior Services says Medicare scammers will get bank routing numbers from the internet, call people and tell them the already have the routing number and only need them to verify their account numbers. Medicare never makes those calls. It's a scam and it happened to a woman yesterday.