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Beware of costly health insurance scam


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - John Hadlock owns his own business. He deals with local people everyday. But lately, he's been fielding a lot of phone calls from out of state. While trying to sign up for health insurance, Hadlock became the victim of an internet scam.
"I believe that people are scamming people everyday," Hadlock said.
Hadlock entered the website address into the Google search box, which then pulled up several options. He clicked on one he thought looked legit and entered his information. That's when the phone calls started pouring in, offering fake insurance in exchange for his credit card number.
He says the calls for his credit card lasted days. He never gave them his credit card number, but says if he wasn't scam savvy, he would have.
"If I didn't know better I would have signed up immediately."

"There is some confusion and it's completely understandable," said
Allison Martin with the Kentucky Attorney General's office. She says the attorney general has already shut down three similar scam sites.
"This creates an opportunity for scammers to create look-a-like websites," said Martin.
"If you see a website with a dot com, dot net, stop immediately. Do not enter any information into that website because it is not a government website."
And martin says the government will never send you an email on this topic. So if you get an email, don't respond. And most importantly, know the right url-- kynect.ky.gov.


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