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Vt. warns people of health insurance phone scams

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont is warning people to beware of phone scams from callers claiming to be selling health insurance in order to obtain personal information.

Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Susan L. Donegan says her department has received reports of Vermonters receiving those fraudulent phone calls.

Donegan says the scams are efforts to trick consumers into revealing Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information under the guise of enrolling them in a health insurance plan on Vermont Health Connect.

The state says the federal government and other states have alerted consumers to watch out for people impersonating people helping consumers obtain health insurance policies.

The helpers, called navigators, are state-approved personnel who have been trained to guide people through the enrollment process.

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