Beware of Obamacare scams. Open enrollment officially starts today, October 1. This means that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is now in full effect. But so are scammers, and they're hoping to target vulnerable consumers and business owners who are unfamiliar with the new law, Forbes reports.
What do some of these scams entail? Here's an overview, and how you can protect yourself:
New Law, New Scams
If you're confused about Obamacare or unsure of what's required of you, you may be especially vulnerable to these scams. Here are three scams that you should be on the lookout for.
How to Protect Yourself
Remember, these schemes are meant to target those who are misinformed or unaware of the new Obamacare rules. In order to protect yourself from these scams, first of all, make sure you ignore any unsolicited calls or emails about Obamacare.
Also, keep in mind that the more informed you are about Obamacare, the less likely you'll be to fall into these scammers' traps. Make sure you read up on Obamacare and what's required of you. You may already have health insurance, or you may be exempt.
For official Obamacare details, you can visit HealthCare.gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also, you can call the federal toll-free hotline at (800) 318-2596.