Maine insurance bureau cautions of coronavirus rip-offs – Portland Press Herald – Press Herald

24April 2020

The Maine Bureau of Insurance is warning state homeowners to recognize and avoid frauds that utilize the coronavirus pandemic as a pretense to acquire victims’ medical or financial information.

Scammers are using coronavirus concerns to benefit from individuals and services throughout the United States, the bureau said in a press release issued Friday. U.S. customers have lost an overall of $18 million in fraud schemes that point out the coronavirus, the Federal Trade Commission reported Tuesday, with a reported typical loss of $553 per victim.

Customers need to look out for unsolicited offers for COVID-19 testing or treatment. Such frauds typically require a customer to divulge medical insurance and other personal info, which is then used to fraudulently bill the victim for payment, according to the FBI.

“With the existing health emergency, Mainers need to be mindful about fraudsters, including deceitful telephone solicitations and cyber bad guys,” Maine Insurance Coverage Superintendent Eric Cioppa said in the release.

Cioppa likewise reminded Mainers that if they are shopping for medical insurance, they ought to utilize main government sites such as healthcare.gov and the bureau’s site maine.gov/ insurance, where they will discover info about approved,

comprehensive plans.”Personal insurance sales in Maine are controlled by the Bureau of Insurance Coverage,” Cioppa said. “If somebody claims to have a license to offer insurance in Maine, you can contact us and we can verify that for you, or you can use the Licensee Lookup tool on our website.”

There is aid readily available from Maine’s state firms for those questioning an insurance coverage deal, he added. Even with most of state employees working remotely at this time, companies are available during their normal hours to assist Maine locals.

Customers who believe they might be the victim of a fraud or tried scams including coronavirus must call the chief law officer’s Customer Protection Department at 800-436-2131 or online at: maine.gov/ ag/consumer/complaints/.


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