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Phony calls about health insurance

Robocalls can be more annoying than simply feeling sick with a cold.

Recently, some people got robocalls that seemed to be about health insurance and the Health Insurance Marketplace, the the calls were simply scams. The callers were phishing for personal information. If you get a call like this, hang up.

The phone numbers showed up with a local area code. The recorded message sounded urgent: “You need to buy health insurance or face a fine. To learn more, press 1.” A person who works in the Health Insurance Marketplace got the call call and knew it was fishy, so she pressed 1. The operator claimed to “work with the law,” and asked the person’s full name, date of birth, phone number, income information and Social Security number. The person who got the call knew it was nonsense, so she hung up and contacted the FTC.

If you get a recorded sales call, but you didn’t give the caller written permission to call you, the call is illegal. Don’t press 1 to speak to the operator or get your name taken off the list, and don’t give any personal information. If you respond, you’ll probably get more calls. If you want information about health insurance in your state, visit If you get a call like this, please report it to the FTC.