When it comes to your health coverage, are scammers making you sick?


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by Christine Newman and Kristin Keckeisen/AARP

You get a robocall purporting to be from the Health Insurance Marketplace, saying you need to purchase insurance or pay a fine. If you do as instructed and “press 1,” an operator will ask for your personal information, including your full name, date of birth, phone number, income information and Social Security number.

This call is a scam.

If you give them your personal information, they will use it to make purchases and open credit cards in your name.

• The Health Insurance Marketplace doesn’t make robocalls, and they don’t ask for personal information.
• If you get a recorded call, hang up. Unless you signed up to receive recorded calls, the call is illegal.
• If you get a call like this, report it to the FTC: 877-701-9595 and warn others by notifying the AARP Fraud Watch Network hotline: 1-877-908-3360.

This health insurance marketplace is one of many scams currently plaguing the Garden State. AARP New Jersey is fighting back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which gives you information about the latest scams targeting people in your state as well as first hand accounts from scam spotters who are sharing their experiences so you know how to protect yourself and your family.

Join AARP New Jersey Wednesday March 16th at 10am for a special interactive web event where we’ll talk about scams just like this one that are victimizing New Jerseyans right now, and how you can arm yourself with tools and resources to spot and avoid scams. We’ll also be joined by some special guests, including Karin Price Mueller of NJMoneyHelp.com and The Star Ledger’s Bamboozled column.

Register here for this free community event.

Contact AARP New Jersey at gro.p1532276256raa@P1532276256RAAJN1532276256.

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