Scam caller posing as Insurance Department employee

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Consumers are warned to look out for a phone scam that involves a caller posing as an employee of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

“We believe these individuals are trying to use our name as a marketing tactic, and that’s deceptive marketing,” Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said.

The department recently received two complaints from Pittsburgh-area residents who received suspicious calls.

The callers tried to set up a visit at the person’s home, purportedly to sell Medicare supplements or Medigap insurance.

“The Pennsylvania Insurance Department does not sell insurance. We regulate insurance companies, we assist consumers with questions or issues with their insurance, but we will never call you to market or sell you a product,” said Altman.

If you receive a suspicious call, do not give out any of your information. Write down the caller’s number and contact the Insurance Department’s consumer hotline at 1-877-881-6388, the Pennsylvania Attorney General at 1-800-441-2555, and the police for your area.

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Original Author: Kendra Nichols

Original Date: May 10 2018

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