Bernas noted that it is tricky to distinguish fake ACA websites from legitimate sites, because in addition to the ACA’s official website, there are legitimate sites run by individual states.
“Over 50 million consumers will be eligible for insurance covered by the Affordable Care Act according to government information,” he said. “With this huge number, scammers see opportunities. Consumers need to be even more careful to protect their personal information.”
The BBB recommends the following these tips to avoid fake Affordable Care Act websites:
* Don’t use a Google search for help. Go to the government’s official website instead, which can lead you to websites owned by individual state governments. The official website is www.healthcare.gov
* Ignore unsolicited phone calls or emails.If a government official calls or emails asking for your information, don’t respond to the email or hang up the phone. The government never solicits consumers for personal information.
* Check for a digital certificate. This is the website’s way of proving it is an official ACA website and won’t steal your personal information.
For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org