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What to look for on Smart Talk, Tuesday, October 29, 2013:
Scam artists never seem to lack imagination. Those trying to steal your money or identity always come up with new ideas on how to do it. It almost makes one wonder what they could do if they used their creativity to help people instead.
Law enforcement agencies always try to keep ahead of the scammers but as soon as one is detected and the public warned, another pops up.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has warned of two recently.
One seeks to take advantage of the confusion over signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. There actually are several scams that usually involve a person being contacted with an offer of assistance to sign up for insurance or a sales pitch for low cost insurance. Healthcare.gov is the website where those looking to purchase insurance should go. No one will contact you about it beforehand.
The second involves a telephone call saying your name has come up in a criminal investigation and you can pay your fine over the phone. It is a scam.
Renowned consumer advocate Mary Bach, Joe Peters-Senior Executive Deputy PA Attorney General in Charge of Communications and WGAL-TV "8 on Your Side" consumer/investigative reporter Brian Roche will appear on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss these and other scams and offer some money-saving tips.
To learn more about scams or to report suspected scam visit attorneygeneral.com. Or call 1-800-441-2555.
To contact the PA Attorney General's Senior Helpline call 1-866-623-2137.
Mary Bach, Brian Roche, Joe Peters
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