Scammers are taking advantage of confusion over the Affordable Care Act to bilk seniors. That's according to spokespeople for the AARP.
They say scammers are cold-calling Medicare-enrolled seniors and telling them to provide Social Security numbers and other private information or risk losing coverage.
Vermont AARP President Jim Leddy says this is the time of year when one can change their Medicare plan or enroll.
"If, however, you are solicited by phone or by mail that say, 'We got just the program for you. The new health care exchange program is there for you even though you're on Medicare.' That's a fraud, that's a scam," Leddy said.
The Chittenden Valley Agency on Aging and the attorney general's Consumer Protection Bureau have not received any reports of this scam in Vermont yet, though it has been seen at the national level.