Posted: Oct 3, 2013 3:33 PM by MTN News
The state's Office of Consumer Protection says that everyone should be on alert for scams surrounding the newly launched insurance exchange.
The office says that scams surrounding the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could come in the form of a phone call, e-mail, fake website, or even a knock at the door.
They tell consumers to not give out personal information or their social security number.
You'll know it's a scam if you're asked to pay for application or "sign-up fees" because there are people who are trained through the exchange to help you for free.
Scammers will prey on consumers' confusion and uncertainty.
Matthew Dale, Director of the MT Office of Consumer Protection said, "That their Medicare is in jeopardy, or their Medicaid is in jeopardy or if they don't have their insurance done correctly that they'll be fined at the end of the year."
"I think there's enough uncertainty in what Obamacare means, that provides an opportunity for a scammer to raise doubt and maybe motivate people to give some information and part with somebody that they wouldn't do if they were less unsure," Dale said.