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Scammers Targeting Affordable Care Act Confusion

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to be on the lookout for scams targeting all the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In the latest scams reported by the Better Business Bureau, con artists are using websites that look remarkably similar to the real healthcare.gov website -- complete with official-looking logos.

They're also directly calling people on cell phones asking people to pay to sign up for the healthcare coverage.

The scammers also use the threat of the penalty if they don't pay up, including jail time, which is not true.

"Just because you have to have insurance, it doesn't mean there's a penalty like jail on the docket," said Kate Abernathy with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The BBB said the government already has personal information that scam artists are looking for, so if you get a call from someone asking for that information, just hang up.

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