It preys on something you care about, Health Care. And these fraudsters are after your money.
We first warned you about this scam last month. Now we've learned it's hitting here in the Upstate.
Danny Brice in Boiling Springs has lived through 13 major heart related surgeries, so you can imagine healthcare, is very important this survivor.
When he got a call last week from someone claiming to be with the Affordable Care Act Brice took it seriously.
"He said that he wanted to get my bank account number and make sure that it was right so that he could put money in my account to help take care of the Obama Medicare changes. At first I thought maybe I'm going to get some money that I didn't know I was going to get."
Brice says the caller had his full name, address, even the first few digits of his bank account number.
"He just started out with the first 4-5 numbers and they were correct, and he said is the next number, and he'd call out the next number and I said no that's not my number because you know, it ain't dawned on me yet that he's scamming me."
Did you hear that? The caller tricked Brice into giving out his bank account number through yes or no questions.
Scammers are banking on the fact that you don't know how the Affordable Care Act works. One fact you should know, Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace, so you don't have to change your coverage or replace your card.
Brice says he caught on when the scammer asked for the number of his last check.
"Kinda got scared. You know I kind of figured out what he was doing and I thought to myself, you know, what should I do.
As luck would have it, Brice did the perfect thing. He called his bank, got a new account, and hasn't lost a dime.
Now he's paying it forward to make sure you don't either.
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