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Avoid insurance scams with tips from Consumers Union

Protect yourself from scams

Government officials, consumer advocates and ardent Obamacare critics have at least one thing in common: They all say they are concerned about people falling prey to insurance-related scams. Here are some tips recommended by Consumers Union:

• Don't pay anyone for help getting health insurance. "Navigators" and other marketplace assisters should be free.

• Ask for proof of certification as a navigator.

• Don't respond to unsolicited pitches or calls. Refuse to provide any personal information.

• Only use the official marketplace website or phone number.

• Always be skeptical of high-pressure tactics. Hang up if someone calls you unsolicited. Close the door or walk away if you're approached by someone asking for money to help you enroll.

Times staff

Avoid insurance scams with tips from Consumers Union 09/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 28, 2013 5:54pm]

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