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Warning about scammers with new healthcare plan rollout

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Consumers will officially be able to enroll in the Affordable Care Act's health exchange plans on Oct. 1.

Nevada's Insurance Division says this gives them limited time before potential scammers will try to steal information from consumers.

"We're trying to get a handle on what to expect, what to prepare for and how to mitigate it by working with federal agencies," said Joseph Decker, Nevada Insurance Division's deputy director.

They're working with agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sending a warning to people about something called "imposter fraud."

Decker says what fraudsters are claiming has the division most concerned. "People calling and saying if you don't sign up for insurance by a certain date or with us, you're going to go to jail."

Southern Nevada's Better Business Bureau is also on the forefront of getting the word out about bogus callers.

Rhonda Mettler says their office hasn't received any complaints yet but anticipates once the new rollout happens, the complaints will come in.

"We'll certainly put them on file and get the information out to consumers that if they do receive information from said companies, then to check with the Better Business Bureau," Mettler said.

The Better Business Bureau also recommends to keep your information to yourself. Never give out your Social Security number, never give out any credit card or bank account information and don't give out your date of birth.

Mettler says if someone calls claiming to be from the government, then hang up, don't press any buttons and don't call the number back. "If they have access to that information, then you leave yourself wide open for any kind of attack."

The Better Business Bureau says the more complaints they have about a company, the more they can pursue action against them.

To file a complaint with the BBB, call 702-320-4500 or go to their website:  http://southernnevada.bbb.org/.

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