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Illinois AG Warns of Health Exchange Scams
Illinois AG Warns of Health Exchange Scams

With Illinois’ new health insurance marketplace come new opportunities – for scam artists.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people shopping for health coverage on the state’s new exchange to be on the look for identity thieves and other suspicious activity.

“Anytime there is a new government program that is, you know, confusing and there’s a lot of money involved, you are going to have individuals who are less than reputable who are attempting to use it to their advantage,” Madigan said.

Madigan offered some tips, saying consumers should never have to pay anyone to help them with enrollment. She also warned those shopping for insurance not to give out sensitive personal or financial information, such as your Social Security number, to anyone who calls you, e-mails you, or shows up at your home.