Sent on 10/24/2013 2:00:35 PM
Fraud Unit detectives have been made aware of a new healthcare scam. People claiming to be representatives with Medicare or the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), are calling the public, asking for their personal information. In the most recent case, a suspect called a vulnerable adult and claimed to be an employee with Medicare. This suspect was able to solicit the victim’s social security number, leaving the victim open to identity theft. The suspect asked for the victim’s bank account number, but the victim did not give it to him. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public of the importance of keeping personal information safe. Here are some safety tips: • Always verify the identity of the person trying to obtain personal information. • Never give personal information to someone over the phone or via email. Personal information includes: o Birth dates, social security numbers, maiden names, addresses, bank account numbers, etc • Maintain a record of the phone call or solicitation. Write down the phone number that the person is calling from, the time and date they called, and the caller’s name and reported affiliation. If you believe you may be a victim of fraud call 9-1-1, so authorities can be alerted to the activity. You can also report email or internet scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) by going online to: http://www.ic3.gov. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.