(KUTV) As the deadline to sign up for health insurance looms -- many consumers are unsure what to do. Several Utahns decided to Get Gephardt saying they are confused, and want to make sure that what they are signing up for is what they really need. They are wise questions to ask because the Federal Trade Commission says they are already hearing from consumers who have been scammed.
Specifically, the FTC is hearing about three common scams:
Scam #1 - crooks are playing the "hurry up" card, allegedly trying to hustle people into revealing their personal information to get a new Medicare card.
Scam #2 - crooks are selling worthless medical discount plans to people.
And scam #3 - identity thieves are contacting consumers, claiming to be "from the government," asking people to verify their social security or bank account numbers.
The FTC says that they are working with local and state officials to shut down crooks when the scams are reported.
A good place to get good information is healthcare.gov
By Matt Gephardt
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