3OYS: Con artists ramp up Affordable Care Act scams

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A few weeks ago we reported on a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about being on the lookout for scammers who were trying to get your personal information over the phone.

Now there is yet another fraudulent twist.

Fraud.com is reporting fake health insurance policies and web sites have been popping up claiming to sell Obamacare.

Scammers are taking advantage of consumer confusion around the Affordable Care Act and are setting their sights on senior citizens. 

Fake health care plans are being offered for as little as $30 a month.

Con artists will often use intimidation and pressure as their tactics.

Another variation of the scam involves con artists claiming to be "navigators."

Under the Affordable Care Act, navigators are being trained to help consumers apply for insurance coverage through state and federal exchanges.

So called "fake navigators" in other parts of the country have already tricked seniors and low income consumers into divulging personal information and paying for fictitious insurance plans.

Remember you cannot sign up for the new health care plan until Oct. 1.

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