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Avoiding Identity Fraud — The ISBA Talks Precautions

Question: I have heard that con artists are preying on people about all the confusion over the Affordable Care Act. How can I protect myself and my loved ones from this kind of fraud? Answer: It has been reported that some unscrupulous con artists are taking advantage of the changing health care insurance landscape by preying on individuals. To avoid becoming a victim, do not provide any personal information to a door-to-door solicitor who may claim to be a government official working for Medicaid. Be wary of marketers who push expensive add-on policies, especially to those on Medicare who don’t need the extra coverage. Also, be aware of websites that may look official but are actually “bait” set by operators who claim to be selling insurance but want your identity and your money. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit