The new health care overhaul is offering coverage to many who’ve never had it but it’s also offering up new material for scam artists.
Kansas State University Financial Planner Elizabeth Kiss says be on the lookout for people just trying to take your money or steal your identity.
“Whenever there's a big policy change, it's an opportunity for people to commit scams and frauds,” says Kiss. You may be getting phone calls, people telling you to do something right away or you have to send money or you need a special ID card or something like that so you really want to be skeptical and cautious.”
Kiss says don’t give out your social security number or other personal information to someone if you didn’t make the initial call.”
For those on Medicare, there are few changes to your insurance with this new law so if someone calls claiming you need a new card, this is a scam.
Kiss says if you’re enrolling for new healthcare take your time when making your decisions.
“Don't feel pressured to make immediate decisions. Always ask for information in writing or where you can go to get further information. If you really are feeling uncertain or confused, it's really fine, and people do this all the time, to ask another person, someone that you trust, to help you wade through the information."
If you think you have been scammed call 1-800-318-2596.