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Cruelest Yet? Obamacare Scammers “Threaten Jail”

October 7, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. - Local fraud fighters call the latest scam about the cruelest yet, because scammers threaten Granite Staters, often older residents, with jail time.

Bob Denz is a retired FBI agent who now volunteers as a fraud fighter with AARP New Hampshire. He said scammers know many consumers are confused about all of their options under the Affordable Care Act, and they are also fearful about meeting its deadlines. He said local consumers should hang up right away if they get a phone call like this.

"The caller poses as a government official, uses scare tactics to get personal data and hints that you might go to jail," Denz said. "That kind of scares people, particularly those who are up in age."

You will never get any call from the government about the Affordable Care Act unless you have requested more information about it, he added. So if you get a call like that, the person at the other end of the line is likely trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money, he warned.

Many other scams are rush deals that claim you have a limited time to act to get special benefits, he said, urging people not to be fooled. Remember the two R's, he said: recognize and resist.

"You're not going to recognize a scam unless you are looking for a scam, so look for a scam. And don't be rushed. There's time to do research and ask questions. AARP is one of the sources of pointing people in the right direction - where to turn for good, solid, honest information."

If the government is going to contact you, he added, they usually use the trusty old U.S. Mail, so if you get an email, text or phone call, be suspicious.

Mike Clifford/Diane Ronayne, Public News Service - NH