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CRIME TRACKER: Beware Of Obamacare Scammers

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KHQ.COM - The government rolled out its Affordable Care Act this week, which has security experts warning people of scammers rolling out their own plan. The worry is that scammers are going to take advantage of the confusion surrounding the new health insurance exchange and likely try to coerce people into giving out their private confidential information; like social security numbers, credit card information and bank account numbers.

Internet security experts expect the thieves to dress up emails that look like they're from the government, enticing them to click on a bad link. Verizon Risk Team Member Wade Baker says "We need to be suspicious of it. If it's unsolicited, comes from someone you don't know, that should be an automatic flag. If it's poorly written, that's another flag".

Beyond keeping an eye out for suspicious emails and websites, here are some other important things to consider:

  • The government is not calling anyone about the Affordable Care Act.
  • It is not sending emails and it is not knocking on people's doors.
  • If you want to find out information from a legitimate source, go to HealthCare.Gov/
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