Crooks are trying to steal money from people by capitalizing on the startup of the Affordable Care Act, the federal agency supervising the law said.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which oversees the law also known as Obamacare, warned against giving unauthorized people your Social Security number, bank account numbers or other information that could be used for identity theft.
Fraudulent activity may pick up as the new marketplace for individual and small-business insurance opens Oct. 1, a new, unfamiliar process that can lead to confusion.
No one should ask for your personal health information, the agency said. People trained as “navigators” for the marketplace have proper credentials and won't come to your door unexpectedly.
People who are on Medicare are not eligible for marketplace insurance, the agency said, and should support anyone who tries to sell them “insurance” outside Medicare.
HealthCare.gov has information on preventing fraud.
• Fact sheet on fraud protection (PDF)