In this day and age, people are becoming more health conscious and want to provide themselves with the best medical care they deserve. Fortunately, for those who are uninsured or underinsured, state health centers provide them with the coverage they need. However, scammers are catching on and are targeting these individuals and their vulnerability.
"Spoofing" calls from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, scammers are convincing customers to switch to the "Pennsylvania Department of Health" plan, which DOES NOT EXIST!
The Department of Health claims the scam has been hitting people nationwide, not just residents of Pennsylvania. Scammers are collecting personal information from victims by giving them the impression that the information is necessary to sign up for the state sponsored coverage.
“The Department of Health does not offer an insurance program, nor does it collect insurance information from residents receiving services," Health Secretary Karen Murphy said in the warning. "If you are receiving a call from the Department of Health about health insurance, please know that this is a scam and hang up.”
Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself:
1. Be aware that the Department of Health does not provide insurance programs.
2. If you get a call from someone requesting you buy insurance or change your current insurance plan, contact your insurance agent or company before making the switch.
3. Never give out personal or financial information over the phone, especially if you have not confirmed if the caller is legitimate.
4. If you've been a victim or feel like you've received a call from a scammer, report it to the FCC to help raise awareness and provide safety to others.