A new scam that targets seniors is in full swing, in which the seniors are threatened with jail time if they do not sign up for medical insurance. The scammers tell the seniors that ‘ObamaCare’ requires that everyone must have medical insurance or face jail time in emails, by phone and in some cases in person. The scammers ploy came to the attention of the San Bernardino Department of Aging and Adult Services, after the agency started to receive complaints by senior citizens. In a recent article it states that:
Scammers, under the guise of being government officials, are contacting seniors either by phone, e-mail or in some cases in person and questioning if they have health insurance, according to a release. If the victim answers they do not, the con-artist threatens to put the senior in jail for not complying with alleged health care policies, officials said.
The scammers then offer the victim to sell them “ObamaCare” insurance to keep the elderly person out of jail.
According to government officials, there is no such policy, nor is there “ObamaCare” coverage.
Under the current national health care bill, the requirement to have health insurance doesn’t go into effect until 2014. And even then, those who do not have coverage cannot be jailed, county officials said. Instead, a gradual fine system will kick in.It’s unclear how many victims there may be in San Bernardino County or locally.
If you know of any senior in your family, friend, or other relationship you should warn them of this scam. I am sure as we get closer to when the new medical plan becomes active in 2014, more scammers will attempt to dupe seniors into signing up for medical insurance they may not need.