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Be Careful of Giving Personal Information Over the Phone to Strangers

Question: I received a call from someone who said he was with the government, and offered to sign me up for an insurance card. Because he asked for my personal information, I said no. Did I do the right thing? Answer: You did the right thing to say no. Scammers are using the advent of the new healthcare act to steal people’s identities. Never give out information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, bank account numbers, and credit card number. Also, keep in mind that the government typically uses traditional mail to communicate with consumers, not calls or emails.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit