Scammers are asking people to share personal information, including bank and credit card numbers. The scammers then steal from their victims through fake “premium” billings.
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Some scammers also indicate there’s a special enrollment period that’s been enacted with health care coverage due to the pandemic. That may not be correct depending on the state.
In other cases, people are being contacted about coronavirus testing kits and other treatments if they provide their health insurance information, as well as other personal data. Scammers then use that information to submit fake insurance claims to insurance companies.
Though many insurance companies cover coronavirus testing and treatments, soliciting a plan for purchase should raise alarm bells.
Froment also warned about travel insurance scams. Most travel insurance policies do not cover pandemics.
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Ohioans should be cautious of anyone marketing coronavirus insurance products and should read any insurance policy closely.
Do not give personal, financial or insurance information to anyone unless it is to a trusted person or agency.
If you are suspicious of any misconduct or insurance fraud, contact the Ohio Department of Fraud and Enforcement Division at 1-800-686-1527 and www.insurance.ohio.gov.
For more information on coronavirus-related scams, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.