12 On Your Side: Affordable Care Act being targeted by scammers

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / September 12, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW) -- "I've read a little bit about it but I'm not that informed I just know basics," Wendy Watkins said.

What she does know is that she will have to get health coverage starting Oct. 1, as required under the Affordable Care Act.

"It is something I've thought about for a while, obviously now it's crunch time," Watkins said.

She said her employer does not offer health insurance so she will be going it alone, likely online. If she and others are not careful, they could be swindled out of their money by con artists who are using the mandatory health coverage requirement as an opportunity for a scam.

"Just that they are opening up to the people and then the people are giving them all their personal information," Watkins said.

Gigi Turner with Augusta's Better Business Bureau says if you are searching for health coverage online you should be careful not to fall victim to scammers.

"If you find yourself on a website, in an email or on a phone call and they are requiring personal information. you can pretty much figure that's going to be a scam," Turner said.

She says these con artists are using websites that sound similar to the official healthcare site.

"Bogus websites are using that term exchange in their websites which is going to be confusing consumers," Turner said.

Here's the link to the official government website to learn more about the healthcare exchange. As Oct. 1, nears, Walker says she is going to be extra careful not to give just anyone her personal information.

"Bank information social security, the stuff you're not supposed to give out," Walker said.

The Better Business Bureau says it has not gotten any complaints but unfortunately they anticipate some as the Affordable Care Act date approaches.


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