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Scam Alert: Be aware of possible Covered California scams

Published On: Oct 04 2013 08:06:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 09:21:46 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Many are confused about Covered California, leaving room for crooks to take advantage of people.

The last thing you want to do is share your personal information with the wrong person and then you end up with a drained bank account.

Across the nation people have been receiving phone calls and emails from scammers attempting to use the Affordable Care Act to commit identity theft.

One tip is to make sure you go to the correct website:

Senior Analyst Laura Scott with Shasta County Health and Human Services said there are various sites similar to the official "Covered CA" site.

Another tip is to watch out for solicitors at your door or on the phone.

They could tell you there is some kind of "Obamacare Insurance Card" and ask for your personal information.

Do not fall for it because no such card exists.

Only people certified with Covered California are authorized to assist you with enrollment.

They could work at Covered California, at the Department of Health and Human Services or be a certified navigator.

To check on that you can go to the California Department of Insurance "check license status" page.

There is also a "Consumer Protection" link on the Covered California website to help answer questions.

Also be on the lookout for people who say you can do jail time for not signing up for Covered California.

The penalty for not signing up is $95 or !% of your income and that is not effective until 2014.