The Hickory Police Department reports that they are continuing to receive reports of scammers utilizing names of the department’s staff. Some common scam topics used by perpetrators are the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security, and some mention bench warrants.
In light of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re-opening Healtcare.gov for a special enrollment period, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that scammers will likely try to take advantage of this. The FTC reminds you that no one from the government will call you about health insurance or ask you to verify your Social Security number or financial information.
In addition, people representing Affordable Care Act plans won’t contact you by phone, e-mail, or in person unless you are already enrolled. If you plan to sign up during the special enrollment period, which is February 15 until May 15, do so through HealthCare.gov.
The Hickory Police Department reminds citizens that they will not contact you demanding money to avoid arrest. Some scammers ask the people they’re calling to purchase Greendot cards or gift cards in an effort to make payment. The Hickory PD says legitimate callers would not request payment in this way.
The Police Department recommends that you visit www.ftc.gov for more information on different types of scams and how to avoid them. If you suspect that you’ve been contacted by a scammer, go to www.ReportFraud.ftc.gov.