Better Business Bureau: ObamaCare is turning into a “perfect storm” for scammers

posted at 6:01 pm on October 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

No kidding. Whether it be by aggressive phone-, email-, and door-to-door scam operations, or via computer hackers, ObamaCare’s hugely confusing and convoluted nature is providing ample opportunities for fraud and identity theft for the unscrupulous. If merely signing up for ObamaCare through the main website is going so terrifically poorly because of the administration’s overly hasty programming design, I can only imagine what delightful privacy-related “glitches” we’ll discover as people actually start enrolling en masse. The Better Business Bureau has been all over getting the information about the shady possibilities to the public, but unfortunately, it sounds like scammers are already going for it; NRO clipped this video from a local news show this morning:

Scammers look at opportunities where there’s confusion, where people don’t really understand what perhaps the new law is bringing to them. … There’s plenty of confusion over this, and this a great opportunity for scammers to confuse you further to try and get into your pocketbook. … We’re getting reports even here in Birmingham of people going door-to-door, telling homeowners that they are with an insurance company or they are with Medicare and that they’re going to have to have an Affordable Care Act Card. And so, in order to get their new card they’ve got to give their Social Security number, their bank accounts, all these things that people need to protect with everything they have and we’ve gotten report of them just handing these out… It’s a perfect opportunity for your identity to be stolen, for your bank accounts to be… your payments to be re-routed. It’s just so critical that people understand what the Affordable Care Act is, what it will do and what it won’t do, and you’re not going to get that information from strangers knocking on your door or calling you on the telephone. … [The federal government is not soliciting door-to-door for people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act], and they’re not going to…  HealthCare.Gov is where you can go for real information…

Batten down the hatches, ya’ll.


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That’s not a bug.

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

The Obama regime is actively fighting productive, decent and civilized Americans to help criminals, welfare moochers, and the federal bureaucracy (BIRM).

Well he did say he would punish his enemies and reward his friends. Maybe the first openly public truth the man has told in 6 years.

jukin3 on October 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Better Business Bureau: ObamaCare is turning into a “perfect storm” for scammers

Helen Keller could have seen that coming.

Happy Nomad on October 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

ObamaCare is a scam itself too.

gwelf on October 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

That’s not a bug.

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

How could that be? It’s not like Obama unconstitutionally nixed the requirement to verify income from ObamaCare. Oh, wait…

gwelf on October 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

and still a windfall for the I.R.S., and all the Lois lerner wannabes lurking there.
.
Just sayin., nice NSA guy…. if you’re still monitoring.

FlaMurph on October 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

By design.

portlandon on October 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

How can people understand what the Affordable Care Act is when the people who wrote it didn’t?

Socratease on October 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I don’t answer the door unless am expecting someone and never answer the phone if I don’t know who is calling by caller ID. I let my dogs take care of any strangers at the door (they sound like they would eat someone alive but are actually sweet natured labs – but the person at the door doesn’t get that impression) and let voice mail talk to phone fishers.

It’s already bad enough with unwanted solicitors I can only imagine what fresh hell this will be.

tru2tx on October 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

All the scammers have to do is announce “free Obamacare” and thousands of gullible moochers will show up with the SS numbers and addresses.
Remember the “free Obama money” a few years ago? Those people are still out there waiting for MrObama to give them their “fair share”.

srdem65 on October 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I CALLED IT!!!!!

UnderstandingisPower on October 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

This is quite the statement from the BBB, who, by their own words will make all of your “bad ratings” on the BBB website disappear for $400.

You’ll need a grain of salt more akin to a deer lick to put any faith in this story.

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I wish they would come by my house.

bazil9 on October 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

You’ll notice, one hopes, that all the people cited in this article simply want the law tidied up and adjusted, not scrapped in its entirety at any cost. That’s just you guys that want that.

Genuine on October 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Chuck Schick on October 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

bazil9 on October 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Can I be there?

I will bring some toys…

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

bazil9 on October 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Can I be there?

I will bring some toys…

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Sure thing Coz.
We would have a good time, I guarantee.

bazil9 on October 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Does this surprise anyone?

It’s being run by scammers

Galt2009 on October 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Good. I hope everyone signing up for this boat anchor to go down with the ship they helped build.

And when people flood hospitals I hope those too collapse.

And when people, through Obamacare, show up at their doctors that they get turned away.

If Harry Reid doesn’t give a crap then why should I?

patman77 on October 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Does this surprise anyone?

Galt2009 on October 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

All those who pray to their god on earth. In other words, 0bama voters.

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

The line has been crossed:

The facilities to be closed include privately-funded ones, which will lose tens of thousands of dollars. Kent Tower of Pro Sport Inc. says he will lose $50,000 if the shutdown stays in effect. Approximately 165 state and private campgrounds will remain open because they do not have contracts with the federal government.

US Forest Service spokesman Leo Kay said that rangers provide support to the sites, and so the shutdown must touch them.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/07/Leaf-peepers-shut-down

If the federal government “provides support” for your business/activity, they can shut it down.

davidk on October 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Let’s Move!
Oh, wait…

Galtian on October 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Does this surprise anyone?

Galt2009 on October 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

All those who pray to their god on earth. In other words, 0bama voters.

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

That’s the usual for the collectivist mentality.

Galt2009 on October 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Remember they had THREE YEARS.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 7, 2013 at 6:38 PM

How can people understand what the Affordable Care Act is when the people who wrote it didn’t?

Socratease on October 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The people who wrote the PlaceboCare Act understand it. The problem is the only thing any member of Congress did was stitch together disparate ideas from outside interests who stood to benefit (legally and otherwise) from its passage.

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

“If you like your SCAM, you can keep it!” – B. Hussein’O

Pork-Chop on October 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I can’t tell… which is the scam?

faraway on October 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

NEWS ITEM : “John McAfee On Obamacare: web sites ‘What Idiot Set This Up?’ ‘This Is A Hacker’s Wet Dream!’”

FROM: All Hackers and Identity Thieves Throughout the World
TO: Everyone Who Manages to Sign Up for OBOZOCARE on a Government Web Site

Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!!

The information you placed on these UNSECURED, BADLY MANAGED JOKE SITES is appreciated. We promise to use this information to our maximum advantage in creating new accounts under your name and personal identifying information with every credit card and financial institution in the universe.

Please check your mailbox in the next couple of weeks for all the bills from our purchases.
Please be sure to pay on time and in full – DON’T BE A DEADBEAT !!!

Again, thanks for your generous support !!!!!

—Anonymous

TeaPartyNation on October 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Sign up for ObamaCare now and get a free NSA colon exam.

SparkPlug on October 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Anyone has a list of lawofthelandexemptions?

phatfawzi on October 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

SparkPlug on October 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

It won’t do any good, for those who go for it.

The NSA will keep it secret from the rubes. But share with foreigners and death panels.

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The federal government is not soliciting door-to-door for people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act

Yet.

And when they do you can be sure they will have a couple of “enforcers” with them, to make sure you comply. I can honestly see that happening. With this administration, anything(bad) is possible.

Sterling Holobyte on October 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Way cool!
Obama voters will get ripped off big time!
Proof there is a God.

philw1776 on October 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

US Forest Service spokesman Leo Kay said that rangers provide support to the sites, and so the shutdown must touch them.

GOD BLESS TEXAS! Look what’s still open:

http://www.palodurocanyon.com/

The SECOND largest canyon in America. And why is it still open? ‘Cause it’s a STATE park. That’s WHY!

Take note, other states. Take note.

UnderstandingisPower on October 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

UnderstandingisPower on October 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Palo Duro Canyon is a STATE park.

Big bend and Guadalupe are the only Federal Parks in Texas.

The is almost no federal land in Texas.

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Once again, entrepreneurial drive — coupled with the profit motive — drives a stake through the heart of government work. Not condoning fraud; but wondering why libs can’t see the obvious: bureaucracy doesn’t work very effectively or efficiently.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on October 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Bureaucrats are bureaucrats because they don’t have entrepreneurial drive. Ineffectiveness and inefficiency are desired attributes in government employment.

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

davidk on October 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

They can try. They might not appreciate how some people might feel about that.

Zomcon JEM on October 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Mission Accomplished!

-Elected democrats

Murphy9 on October 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Another day, another million identities stolen.

nottakingsides on October 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

The Better Business Bureau has been all over getting the information about the shady possibilities to the public, but unfortunately, it sounds like scammers are already going for it

Sounds like the BBB is a reactionary organization (probably run by the TEA Party no doubt) that needs to be audited.

Everyone knows AHCA is two hundred years overdue.

GO USA! Woo hoo!

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

There is almost no federal land in Texas.

cozmo on October 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Texas entered the Union as a sovereign republic in its own right (having seceded from Mexico by violent revolution).
The United States had no claim to territory within its boundaries when annexation occurred.
Of course, we Texians should have kept all of the republic instead of letting it be chopped up into additional states.

The Republic of Texas … was an independent sovereign nation in North America that existed from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846. It was bordered by the nation of Mexico to the southwest, the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast, the two US states of Louisiana and Arkansas to the east and northeast, and the United States territories encompassing the current US states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico to the north and west. The citizens of the republic were known as Texians.

Formed as a separate nation after gaining independence from Mexico in 1836, the republic claimed borders that included all of the present US state of Texas as well as parts of present-day Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico based upon the Treaties of Velasco between the newly created Texas Republic and Mexico.

AesopFan on October 8, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Anyone else notice the irony that all of the advice the BBB normally gives on protecting your identity must be thrown out the window for Obamacare? You must give all of this information to a navigator or a website that is unsecure or be penalized by the IRS – who also seems to have a problem with keeping your private information secure.

Anyone else recall all of the due diligence training and records security upgrades that were required under HIPPA, and that despite their hassles were a very good idea? Everything I see on Obamacare violates HIPPA and yet, I don’t see a word of it being mentioned anywhere.

2nd Ammendment Mother on October 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM