Kansas Officials Warn of New Healthcare Scam

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Insurance Department officials are warning the public about a scam involving the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform.

According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, scammers posing as employees of government agencies or health care companies are calling Kansas residents asking for personal information.

“They request Social Security numbers, bank account information, Medicare IDs or credit card numbers,” said Praeger in a statement.

Praeger says that in a recent case in the Wichita area, a woman was called several times by someone claiming to have a new health insurance card ready, but they needed a bank account number before they could put the card in the mail.

“The women was smart and hung up on the caller,”Commissioner Praeger said. “But before she did, she got the phone number. That should help in investigating the incident.”

Praeger says that if you are contacted by a scammer asking for personal information, call the Kansas Insurance Department`s Consumer Assistance Hotline at 1-800-432-2484.

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