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Scammers using Affordable Care Act to steal personal information


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Scammers are taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

The National Consumers League says it's been getting calls from Wisconsin residents about a scam.  Callers are pretending they are with insurance companies and are calling to get personal information like your social security number or bank account to sign you up for the Affordable Care Act.

"If seniors or anybody else are getting phone calls asking for any kind of personal information saying that they are with the Affordable Health Care Act, that's not going to happen," points out Resource Development Manager Kris Pawlowski.  "Nobody will be contacting the general public."

"Very simple rule of thumb, do not give out your social security number," states Officer Kyle Roder with the Eau Claire Police Department.  "Do not give out personal information over the phone.  If somebody needs that information, you can contact them and give that to them; not them soliciting it from you."

Navigators are being trained right now to help enroll people into ObamaCare.

"Once our navigators are trained, they will be partnering with other providers in the community to hold public information sessions and that will probably be starting sometime in mid October," Pawlowski explains.

But if someone is calling you and not the other way around, it's a scam.

"There are a lot of resources out there right now that you can look on the internet and look up people and companies that call you," Roder says.  "Make sure you do your research before you go further into business with them."

There are still many questions as to how the sign-up process will work for the new insurance exchange.  For more information, visit or

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