Attorney General: Health insurance scammers targeting Ky. families

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 19:26:52-05

Scammers are targeting Kentucky families seeking affordable health insurance, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

Beshear issued a Scam Alert Friday after receiving reports that scammers who claim to be calling from “National Health Enrollment Center” pretend to assist families in obtaining affordable health insurance. 

The caller offers plans as low as $199 a month for individuals and $399 a month for families, Beshear said. The caller then transfers the person to a “specialist,” who tries to steal personal and financial information. The specialist asks for credit card information for a service fee or the first monthly payment. 

“Health insurance is a vital lifeline for every Kentucky family and it is shameful that scammers are luring in victims with the false hope of receiving access to affordable health care coverage,”  Beshear said in a news release. “Kentuckians should know that they do not have to pay for help accessing health insurance.”

Consumer reporter John Matarese says people should carefully examine their calls, especially if they receive a call from a person or company they don't recognize. 

"Never give a credit card number or Paypal number to somebody you don’t know," Matarese said. "If you’re not 100 percent certain that that person is legitimate then don’t ever give them a credit card number.”

Anyone with information regarding this scam should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 and file a complaint online.