July 30, 2014

Medina
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Be wary of health care scam

Police are warning people to beware of a scam that references the health care reform law in an effort to get personal information.

Medina Township Police Chief David Arbogast said his office received a call from a resident who said he was called by someone who said as part of the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the resident would need new Medicare and Social Security cards. The resident was asked to provide Social Security and financial information.

The resident tried to return the call, but found the caller was using a device that didn’t show his real number on the caller ID.

“It’s definitely a scam, and I don’t want this to snowball into something where anyone might give out information,” Arbogast said.

He’s warning residents not to give out such information over the phone. He told Medina County residents to contact their local police department and report any type of scam phone call.

“We only got one call about it, but that doesn’t mean the calls aren’t going out to other people,” he said.