If a scammer scams a scam, how many scams can he scam? That’s a question to be asked of the ObamaCare Scammers, either the ones in D.C. or the ones calling people on the phone to scam people.
If a stranger claiming to be from the government calls to offer you an “Obamacare card” or threatens to throw you in jail unless you buy insurance, hang up the phone. It’s a scam.
Unless they’re from the government. In either case it’s a scam, but it’s a scam taking place at a higher level of scammery.
“This is the huge, new government program. There’s no doubt in my mind that the fraudsters view it as an opportunity to rip people off,” said Lois Greisman, associate director for the Federal Trade Commission’s division of marketing practices.
Isn’t ripping people off the main reason why huge new government programs are conceived of?
But nothing in the Affordable Care Act threatens existing benefits for Medicare enrollees, Greisman said. The official-sounding calls were just a ploy to steal consumers’ identities and money.
As you can see, Greisman is in on the scam because in fact ObamaCare does result in major Medicare cuts. So we’ve got a public sector ObamaCare scammer warning about private sector ObamaCare scammers. Can’t we just call the whole thing off?
The FTC’s Greisman worries that some scammers will exploit the government’s efforts to better educate consumers by pretending to be certified “navigators.”
So instead of real qualified government scammers from SEIU, ACORN’s spawn and Planned Parenthood, there will be unqualified freelance scammers scamming people.