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Rochester, N.Y. -- Alexis Young thought she was lucky and had received the call that would provide something she and her son needed, insurance. The friendly caller reached Young on October 16th and provided their sales pitch.
"That they was from a financial council for Obama and he only selected a few people, said Young.
The person on the other end of the phone told Young she and her son would be enrolled in $5,000 of insurance coverage if they paid a fee of $150.
She was asked to purchase MoneyPak Green Dot cards. She transferred the money and was then asked to transfer another $394.30. To be safe, she put in $395, but was told that she would have to do it again but would receive a refund.
Then they called me back around 9:30, they said, Hey Alexis, I see we tried to wire your money back to you but the only thing that stopped it is that you have to pay taxes on the money, just like you have to pay taxes anywhere you live, explained Young.
13 WHAM News contacted the Monroe County District Attorneys Office as well as the state Attorney General to see if identical scams had been reported over the fall. Spokespeople for each office said that nothing else like this had been reported. However, the Better Business Bureau has received numerous complaints since September related to health care scams.
In Alexis case, the scammers actually used a very official sounding organization that wasnt connected to Affordable Health Care at all, and they were using a website that was legitimate, said Peggy Penders, spokesperson for the BBB.
Young lost more than $900. Neither number she used to contact the apparent insurers work.
Young is hopeful others can learn from her story and do something she couldnt if they get a call like the one she receivedhang up.
When signing up for a health plan, individuals have three options, according to Kim Wynn, Program Manager for the Health Insurance Enrollment office of Coordinated Care Services Inc.
Meet with navigators in person, apply online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or contact a customer service center (855-355-5777), said Wynn.
In Monroe County and Livingston Counties there are two lead agencies providing navigator services, according to Wynn.
One is Coordinated Care Services, Inc, the other is Community Service Society of New York.