Scammers try to bank on Affordable Care Act

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is warning that scammers are trying to capitalize on the confusion that has come from the debut of the Affordable Care Act.

The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is warning that scammers are trying to capitalize on the confusion that has come from the debut of the Affordable Care Act. (10/6/13)

BROOKLYN - The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud is warning that scammers are trying to capitalize on the confusion that has come from the debut of the Affordable Care Act.

The group is warning of phone calls from people claiming to be with the government who ask to verify personal and financial information. The scammers claim the information is needed for "affordable care cards," which do not exist.

The coalition is also warning of fake health care exchange websites or phony emails that can automatically snag personal information when someone clicks around in them.

The Better Business Bureau says consumers shouldn't be scared or pressured by con artists, but instead should examine all the health care options that are available and select the one that works best for them.

Coverage under the new exchange will not begin until Jan. 1, and enrollment is open until March 31.

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