ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A scam which is spreading across the nation is cropping up in St. Louis too, and it centers around the Affordable Care Act.

This is how it works: scammers call you up and tell you you’re among the first to receive a new insurance card under the Affordable Care Act. They say all they need is your address and Social Security number to verify your identity.

Better Business Bureau spokesman Chris Thetford says the red flag here is that the government wouldn’t need to call you for that information.

“The government would already have your basic personal information, including your address and your Social Security number. So they’re not going to call you on the phone for that,” he said.

Also, no one can enroll in programs though the Affordable Care Act until October 1 of this year.

Thetford’s advice is simple: if someone calls you asking for your Social Security number, hang up.


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