Department of Labor and Regulation

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605.773.3094

Scammers Take Advantage of Health Reform Confusion

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Division of Insurance has issued a consumer alert warning people of scammers posing as insurance agents or federal government representatives.

State Insurance Director Merle Scheiber says scam artists may be trying to sell fraudulent policies or obtain sensitive information like Social Security and bank account numbers.

The consumer alert lists common red flags and provides tips on how to avoid being the victim of a scam.

Fake exchange websites are one common problem, along with claims the person's new "Obamacare" insurance card will be issued if he or she provides additional personal information.

"Don't be misled," said Director Scheiber. "Scammers may use pressure by saying their offer is only good for a limited time or you will go to jail if you don't have health insurance, but this is not true."

The Division can answer questions or concerns about insurance by calling 605.773.3563.

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184