The Coeur d'Alene Press
reports that former Coeur d'Alene City Councilwoman Dixie Reid was targeted by a scammer playing off confusion surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Reid and her husband told The Press
that after her husband lost his wallet about two weeks ago, they received a phone call from a man who told the couple he'd like to send her husband a new Medicare card, which had been lost with his wallet.
Then the caller asked for the name of the couple's bank, at which point, Reid told The Press,
she hung up the phone.
"We're pretty savvy, but we nearly got caught up in that," Reid said.
According to The Press
, in September, the Idaho Department of Insurance began warning people that scammers might use the roll out of the AHCA as a pretext for preying on citizens. People can visit the IDI's website
or call 1-800-721-3272 for more information about insurance companies licensed to do business in Idaho and also to learn more about scamming and how to prevent fraud.