Carmen Million, BBB president issued an alert to local consumers that scammers are already exploiting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and trying to fool Americans into sharing their personal information. She says the most likely groups targeted are people 65 and older, people with disabilities and owners of small businesses.

This is how the scam works. The target get's a call from someone who says they are from the federal government. They congratulate you on being selected to receive insurance cards through the new Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) but before they mail the cards, they need some personal information. Be aware, the scammers sound very convincing. They may have your bank routing number but they just need you account number. Other personal information they've asked for are Social Security number and Medicare ID. They can use this information to open a credit card in your name or get money from your banking account.

cmillion@lakecharles.bbb.org