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Thornberry alerts residents to be on guard for Obamacare scams
Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is alerting 13th District residents to be on guard for possible scams and fraudulent websites meant to take advantage of people seeking to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
“There is a great deal of confusion among people when it comes to Obamacare, and there are a lot of scam artists out there who are already trying to prey on unsuspecting folks caught up in that confusion,” Thornberry said. “The problems occurring with the launch of the healthcare act's website have greatly increased the risk of potential identity and information theft.”
The official Affordable Care Act website and its data hub, which stores sensitive user information like Social Security numbers and birthdates, have been panned by many technology and digital security experts as being vulnerable to malicious attacks by hackers. Even those not using the website are still at risk due to what is called “target spear phishing attacks” where scam artists send out emails pretending to be legitimate organizations in an effort to get people to follow nefarious web links or unknowingly submit personal information.
“Everyone should always be extra vigilant but more so right now with the information they share over the Internet, especially via email. Criminals who could be thousands of miles away in foreign countries can be just as much of a threat to your security over the Internet,” said Thornberry. He emphasized that “people need to look at any email they receive or website they are told to go to in regards to signing up for Obamacare with a great deal of skepticism. Double check the sources and the web addresses before clicking on anything and especially before submitting personal information.”
Security experts urge people to beware of:
Anyone receiving a telephone call or email seeking money or sensitive personal information should refuse the demand and report the threat to the Congressman’s office.