The Attorney General of Rhode Island, Peter F. Kilmartin, has warned people of a new Medicare fraud and medical ID theft scheme sweeping his state and our nation. The scheme involves anonymous phone calls from people claiming to be with the federal government who want to “verify information” under the newly passed ACA (Affordable Care Act) that may include your SSN, medical ID number, and other personal information.
“Scam artists can’t pass up an opportunity to defraud and steal from hard working Americans,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “If someone who claims to be from the government calls and asks for your personal information, hang up. It’s a scam. The government and legitimate organizations you do business with already have the information they need and will not ask you for it.”
This isn’t the first Medicare related scam to hit but it has taken advantage of the confusion surrounding the ACA. Most people don’t realize that even the simple release of your medical ID number can lead to medical ID theft which has serious medical and financial implications. More the whole story you can read the AG’s release here.