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Scammers target people signing up for the Affordable Care Act

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As millions of uninsured Americans scramble to sign up for health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, scam artists are lurching around trying to take advantage.

“Scam artists often find highly publicized activities, sometimes storms, something that captures the nation’s attention like the Affordable Care Act. They use that opportunity to take advantage of people," said Attorney General Roy Cooper.

The Better Business Bureau says schemers are calling people, at random, claiming to be federal workers. The scammers then go on to ask for personal information, claiming they need the information to order a new health insurance card under the Affordable Care Act. It’s a random call, NC Enroll Operations Director, Sharon Evans, says her specialists don’t do.

"NC Enroll will only contact you once we have gotten your information from an event, or once you've come by or you called us. So, we don't do random cold calls or things of that nature, so that certainly wouldn't happen,” said Evans.

Evans urges consumers to contact their local NC Enroll office to verify the caller is a certified specialist if they receive a suspicious call.

If you feel you may have been a victim of this latest scam, Cooper urges you to contact the Department of Justice.

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