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WIS GM: Avoid scammers using Affordable Care Act to get your money, information

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The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS and presented by General Manager Donita Todd:

According to a recent poll, roughly 36% of Americans say they don't understand what the Affordable Care Act means for them. Open enrollment in federal healthcare exchanges begins next week, and the state Department of Consumer Affairs reports that scammers are already taking advantage of the confusion associated with the nationwide mandate right here in SC.

Scammers may represent themselves as Medicare representatives who need your personal information such as Social Security Number so they can issue you a new Medicare card. Or they may try to get you to sign up for Obamacare or offer to send you a new medical alert device all in an effort to obtain your sensitive information.

Fraud experts warn that if you receive a cold call asking you to divulge any sensitive information regarding healthcare, someone is likely trying to scam you and they expect to see more of these scams as the January 1, 2014 health care deadline approaches. To report suspicious calls or emails, contact the Department of Consumer affairs at 1-800-922 1594.

Be cautiously aware. That's my perspective.

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