Va. Man Duped Out of Personal Information by Obamacare-Related Scam

February 5, 2014 - 5:18 PM

During the Obamacare website meltdown last Fall, McAfee founder, John McAfee, said that "the health care sign-up system is a 'hacker's wet dream.'"   He noted that any person can make a fake site, make it look legitimate, and dupe innocent people into giving up sensitive information about themselves given the nature of this market.

Virginia's Rich Guillory is one example of someone who was duped into giving out his personal information by an Obamacare website-related scam.

After Guillory signed up for Obamacare benefits online, he started getting phone calls, but they weren't from the government.  Whoever they were, they got his name, his number, his address, and his Social Security number.  Soon afterwards, Guillory started receiving calls from two Virginia Beach numbers claiming to be people who can help him with finding insurance.  They called several time, according to Guillory.

When Guillory called the numbers back, they were answered by people who didn't know what he was talking about.  When the mystery insurance agent called again, Guillory said, " Hey, look I tried contacting y'all a couple times and this isn't a legitimate number."  The person then hung up immediately.

WVEC-VA, who reported on this story, aptly noted that it's looking as if "a person's health care profile is proving to be a lot more valuable on the black market."