As COVID-19 Treatment Progress Is Made, Stay Alert for Fraud

Tips from the Alabama Department of Insurance.
December 2, 2020

As the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Department of Insurance wants everyone to be alert for possible fraud. During times like this, criminals prey on consumers’ fears by soliciting personal information through calls, texts, emails or internet ads. They may purposefully mislead, prompting consumers to purchase potentially inadequate health plans, fake treatments or ineffective and unnecessary equipment for virus prevention. Anyone can be targeted by hackers and scammers.

Among the advice from the Alabama Department of Insurance:

Be careful when answering calls from unknown numbers. Simply hang up or do not answer calls from unknown numbers. Avoid clicking on internet ads about cheap insurance or offers that seem too good to be true. Be wary of online solicitations and websites offering health insurance plans, as not all of them are legitimate.

One way to protect yourself is by requesting an insurance agent’s license number so that you can verify their legitimacy. Beware of fraudulent cures and medical treatment. Stay alert for the potential for identity theft. Safeguard all personal information such as Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account, and any other personal information.

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