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Scam artists look to cash in on Obamacare confusion

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite the government shutdown, enrollment for Obamacare is wide open.

That means scam artists are looking to pounce!

Dave Moore is an internet security expert.

“Obamacare is just the bait,” he said. “Everybody has heard of it. Everybody knows something’s going on but they don’t know exactly what.

These scams are nothing new.

The con artist is phishing for your credit card and bank account numbers.

Watch out for imposter emails luring you to click on dummy links.

Here’s a fake email that was sent out to millions of people, allegedly from Chase Bank.

Courtesy: Dave Moore, internet security expert

Courtesy: Dave Moore, internet security expert

Moore says there is a little trick you can do to tell whether or not the email is legit.

When you highlight the bogus link, the actual URL address will pop up on the bottom of your computer screen.

“If the two don’t match, be suspicious,” Moore said. “It’s probably a fake.”

  • Scams are also popping up on facebook, twitter and linkedIn.
  • If someone offers you Obamacare insurance, it’s a scam.
  • If someone claims you must purchase an Obamacare insurance card in order to buy coverage, it’s a scam. 
  • Moore also warns of Medicare and Medicaid schemes.

“They’re going to act like they already know your information,” he said. “Like, ‘We’re sitting here at your Medicaid account, but it needs to be updated because of Obamacare, so we need you to give us your social security number.”

Here’s what you need to know.

These exchanges only apply to people who don’t already have health insurance, meaning most of us won’t have to do a thing.

For the uninsured who do qualify, there’s only one trusted website: www.healthcare.gov

Here’s the In Your Corner bottom line:

  • The government will never email, text, call, or show up on your doorstep trying to sell you health insurance.
  • Some con artists will also try to charge a fee to help you find the best enrollment plan.
  • The federal government already has people in place to help you free of charge.

1 Comment

  • cheri waters

    I’ve already filled out application online for healthcare at Healthcare.gov and I need to know whats my next step to getting it started. How do I start making my payment? Some people already called me and setup a home visit but I figured it was a scamk because you said no government official would come to my door. so what do I do from here?

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