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SCAM ALERT: Thieves Targeting Those Trying to Sign Up for ObamaCare-Meagan O'Halloran


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If you're still trying to sign up for government healthcare online--watch out for scammers trying to steal your money and your identity. Since the healthcare.gov  website rolled out at the beginning of the month, scammers have been hitting the phones, promising to help you with the application process for a price. President Obama said tech experts are working around the clock to fix the website glitches, but in the meantime, don't give any personal information or money to anyone over the phone.

"It's way better to put up a shield and protect yourself first then have to go through that." said Kate Abernathy with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Abernathy said there's an increased threat of identity theft, fraud, and scams with all the confusion of the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance landscape.

 If you're confused or need some help signing up--there are plenty of organizations here in town that can walk you through the process in person. There are also reputable hotlines set up to help. SeedCo is one agency offering assistance. You can call them at 901-528-8341. Another agency, Tennessee Primary Care Association, is also helping area residents. You can call them at 615-425-5934 or dial the agency's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-343-3136.


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