CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Scammers are creating phony Affordable Care Act websites to trick consumers into inputting personal information into scam sites which can lead to identity theft.
If you plan to enroll in healthcare coverage provided by The Affordable Care Act, the BBB warns you to be certain that you are on the official government website: www.healthcare.gov.
"If you receive an email or text encouraging you to sign up by clicking on the link provided, don't fall for it," said BBB President Tom Bartholomy.
“With the Affordable Care Act being a new program involving online enrollment, consumers can be easily fooled by lookalike websites with similar web addresses," Bartholomy added, "and scammers are exploiting consumer confusion."
The BBB has these tips to help you avoid fake Affordable Care Act websites:
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.
Check for a digital certificate. This is the website’s way of proving it is an official Affordable Care Act website.
Ignore unsolicited phone calls or emails. If a government official calls or emails you asking for your information, don’t respond.
- Don’t use a Google search for help.
For more information about scams, visit www.bbb.org