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Better Business Bureau warns of "Obamacare" phishing scams


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Officials with the Better Business Bureau are putting out a warning for scams pertaining to the upcoming Affordable Care Act.

Scammers are calling homes in Wisconsin, claiming to be with the government and ready to sign you up for Obamacare. All they need is your Medicare number, banking information or more. Don't give it to them. BBB Madison director Kimberly Hazen says these are the latest in the never ending string of Phishing Scams. "Just like we get these bogus emails from our so-called credit card company looking for our account information, that's a Phishing attempt. They're trying to get your information by posing as somebody official."

Hazen says the major tipoff that this is a scam is that there are people calling you for information. "The government rarely gives us a call. They do most of their work through the mail. So if you get a call from somebody saying they're from the government, you really want to do your homework and make sure you know exactly who you're dealing with."

The best thing to do if you do get one of these calls is to simply hang up. If you are worried if a state or federal agency is trying to contact you, Hazen says you should take the direct route. "Find out what agency they're calling from, then actually look that agency number up on the internet or a phone book. Make sure you're calling them back on your own."

If you're repeatedly getting these calls, contact your local authorities or call the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-273-1002.