Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Avoid Health Insurance Scams
WSIL -- Residents and small businesses in Illinois are being warned about potential scams as they begin signing up for health insurance through a new online marketplace.
The marketplace opened Tuesday in Illinois and other states across the country.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says scam artists may try to take advantage of the new program. Some may try to obtain personal and financial information to steal someone's identity. Others may try to sell fake health insurance plans.
Here are a few tips to avoid those scammers:
- Do not pay for help. The government will not charge for its services.
If you receive an offer to sign up on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace for a fee, you should hang up, delete the email or walk away.
-- Do not give out any personal information unless it's an official website or Marketplace representative. This includes your social security number, bank account number or other sensitive financial information to someone who calls you, emails you or comes to your door.
-- The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace does not offer Medicare. You should not share your Medicare number with anyone who contacts you uninvited.
-- Only work with certified specialists. Consumers can confirm an insurance company's legitimacy by visiting the Illinois Department of Insurance website at the top of the page.
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