Consumer advocates warn of health care fraud

Consumer advocates warn that looming health care implementation could attract scammers
Consumer advocates warn of health care fraud

Enrollment for a national health insurance program begins in two weeks, and Wisconsin officials are already bracing for what could be an unprecedented wave of related fraud attempts.

Press-Gazette Media reported criminals are using confusion over the Affordable Care Act to pressure consumers into divulging personal information.

The National Consumers League said scammers target victims by marketing fake insurance plans by phone or email, or they set up fake websites. The goal is to get people to reveal Social Security numbers and bank-account numbers.

Other scams could involve people pretending to be “navigators,” the people with government training who help people choose insurance plans.

Consumer-rights officials say they haven’t heard of major problems in Wisconsin yet but they’re getting the word out so people can be vigilant.