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BBB warns of new scams with Obamacare launch

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The government may be shut down, but the Affordable Care Act still went live Tuesday.

Now millions of uninsured Americans can start signing up. With that, comes new scams for consumers.

The Tri-State's Better Business Bureau released new information on how to avoid fraud in a new healthcare marketplace.

Consumers across the U.S. are reporting government phone calls about new health insurance cards required by the Affordable Care Act, but it doesn't involve cards at all.

The BBB says it's just scammers looking for personal information.

14 News talked with an expert in Evansville who says they've posted some new tips on their better Business Bureau website Tuesday. One of the most important: the government will only contact you about these changes by mail.

With voiceover internet protocol, the scammer can actually make you believe that it's from an actual agency," said Tom Bozikis, V.P., Tri-State BBB. "They can actually mimic a phone number that you might be familiar with or could be from your local area. So you have to be very careful," he said. "And again, the government's not going to call you about this."

If you have questions whether something is fraudulent, you can always call the BBB or click here for more information. 

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