States already battling/warning against imposter ObamaCare websites, fraud

posted at 6:41 pm on October 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The creation of just about any gigantic welfare program has a reliable potential for creating a correspondingly gigantic opportunity for fraudsters — and ObamaCare is looking like no exception, with a vengeance. Federal and state officials as well as private advocacy groups have been warning for months about the coming deluge of scammers going on the prowl for people’s sensitive personal and financial information, but that doesn’t make it any more welcome, via The Hill:

State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare’s enrollment portal, the online hub where millions of people are meant to purchase healthcare coverage.

Attempts at imitating healthcare.gov have met with cease-and-desist letters; the sites could confuse consumers seeking to enter ObamaCare’s marketplaces.

In New Hampshire, the insurance commissioner reportedly cracked down on one webpage last week that could have been mistaken for the state’s insurance exchange.

And regulators from Washington, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are warning the health insurance industry against creating sites that might mislead the public.

And, merely to reiterate at this point, the federal government’s giant exchange orchestrating the insurance markets for 30+ states is going to be subject to all that and more, as scammers and hackers get to work on cracking into the glitchily-secured data hub into which thousands upon thousands of Americans are [attempting to begin] inserting their personal and financial information. From House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers last week:

And yet, the Obama administration has provided virtually no information regarding the real time readiness for implementing the hub’s security controls necessary to ensure that no data breach occurs. …

Shockingly, the Hub was slated to be last tested only two weeks before it was supposed to be fully operational.

Evidence that the exchanges and the hub were not ready on October 1 is already mounting.

Within the first few days of operation, thousands of Social Security numbers were accidentally emailed to an insurance broker. Exchanges immediately began experiencing technical difficulties as enrollment began and information technology experts have pointed to the hastily constructed software design as a leading cause. It is hard to imagine the hub is not experiencing similar technical problems. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that the hub was making inaccurate determinations of eligibility for federal subsidies – calling into question the viability of the whole system.

Unfortunately, the administration still seems to have their hands full trying to simply fix the disaster that is ObamaCare’s online enrollment process; one does hope that they’ll manage to get around to providing more security controls in the near future.


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State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare’s enrollment portal

Rule of thumb: if the site actually works, it’s almost certainly a scam.

When it comes to Obamacare, never trust anything that appears to work.

malclave on October 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Oh please, the biggest abusers will become the biggest boosters.

rob verdi on October 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Duh

watertown on October 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM


“Hello, this is President Obama calling about Obamacare. In order to receive your free health care, you must provide your full name, date of birth, social security number, and physical address so that your medical records can be verified in our database.”

And tens of thousands of morons will fall for it.

Jeddite on October 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Operated by progressives of course.

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

and…not only will we register you to vote, we’ll add your contact info to the metadata being used at OFA!

cheers /sarc

CoffeeLover on October 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare’s enrollment portal …

So the scam sites don’t work either?

SagebrushPuppet on October 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Imagine:

Telegraph workers in every neighborhood relaying vital personal Obamacare info.

The future is here!!!

Waaaa hooo!

I’m getting on my velocipede and spreading the good news!

patman77 on October 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Is it bad to say that I don’t care what happens to people who sign up for this monstrosity willingly?

kim roy on October 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

People realized those were imposter sites when they noticed that they were functional..

Galt2009 on October 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I bet the imposter websites work they way they are suppose to! lmfao

Tilly on October 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

One stop scamming:

Obamacare Exchange Offers Voter Registration
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/361173/obamacare-exchange-offers-voter-registration-alec-torres

Galt2009 on October 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I’ve got a solution…..

howz about….paper applications!!! FTW

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Is it bad to say that I don’t care what happens to people who sign up for this monstrosity willingly?

kim roy on October 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

No, key word being ‘willingly’.

It enrages me when proggies tell us that sign-ups mean people approve of Obamacare. It’s like claiming that by applying for a firearms-carry card that I am therefore in favor of their gun laws.

slickwillie2001 on October 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Federal and state officials as well as private advocacy groups have been warning for months about the coming deluge of scammers going on the prowl for people’s sensitive personal and financial information,

besides the federal government itself???/

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Obamacare will be the greatest source of direct and indirect fraud in all human history. Sorry for the repetition, but it’s a good reason to stop it that’s been overlooked so far.

forest on October 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Unfortunately, the administration still seems to have their hands full trying to minimize the public relations simply fix the disaster that is ObamaCare’s online enrollment process….

FIFY

GarandFan on October 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I was able to sign up…
I just entered information on Obama’s birth certificate…..

I am getting cash back for the Platinum plan…

Electrongod on October 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Unfortunately, the administration still seems to have their hands full trying to simply fix the disaster that is ObamaCare’s online enrollment process; one does hope that they’ll manage to get around to providing more security controls in the near future.

The whole reason for not delaying any of this is the information that is obtained by the stupid people signing up for Obamacare. No sane person is telling brother Barak about their sex life at this time.

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

On day one, within hours of the opening, someone warned
“If the website actually works, it’s probably a fake”

/no reason to doubt
/.

CaveatEmpty on October 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Federal and state officials as well as private advocacy groups have been warning for months about the coming deluge of scammers going on the prowl for people’s sensitive personal and financial information…

So…what’s the difference between the scam sites and the actual, real site?

JetBoy on October 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

So…what’s the difference between the scam sites and the actual, real site?

JetBoy on October 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Taxes…

But with the new internet sales tax…

The Dems will welcome scam sites to help with the load of ObamaCare..

Electrongod on October 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

If we could only get Joe Biden on the case this would have been fixed in no time.

Right Joe?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM19YOqs7hU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aSaftY9M-s

PappyD61 on October 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Give them a total made up profile.They will still call it a good hit.

docflash on October 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare’s enrollment portal

Anyone wanna bet on the rubes that already got ripped off as opposed to the people that have actually signed up for the Federally Sanctioned Scam?

At least 100 to one.

BigWyo on October 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

File taxes next year?

Lol. Don’t think so. Galt.

wolly4321 on October 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Give them a total made up profile.They will still call it a good hit.

docflash on October 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Doodad Pro. Bonus, -you’ll get a voter registration card in the mail.

slickwillie2001 on October 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

But with the new internet sales tax…

Electrongod on October 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

It was bound to happen sometime…the govt didn’t want to hinder the internet’s growth in the ’90s. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised it’s been put off for this long.

JetBoy on October 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

States already battling/warning against imposter ObamaCare websites, fraud

That didn’t take long.

Operated by progressives of course.

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

So people that generally have conservative values and believe in free enterprise cannot be crooks? I beg to differ on that one. I’ve known some very politically conservative people who were just plain nasty. Just because someone shares common economic and political values doesn’t automatically make us pals, nor insure that they are righteous souls…

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM

No difference whether yoy sign up on the real website or the fake ones as they are both fraudulant and full of privacy abuse.

Varchild on October 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Didn’t take long to set up the fraud websites. Maybe the president should hire these guys to get his broke down website running.

forest on October 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Since Obamacare IS a fraud, aren’t the imitation Obamacare web sites actually SECURE IMPROVEMENTS on the government-created site?

Any site which steals less than 75% of your money has GOT to be an imitator!!!

landlines on October 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

The awful truth is slowly dawning as federal government resembles more and more closely straightup PISHERS and all details regarding your body, your health, sacred temple, precious fluids, go directly to IRS, and IRS operating on behalf of Party has its frenetic octopus arms wiggling deeply in your pockets all of them all the way down the legs of your pants, continuously, for the rest of your life. And your children’s lives too. And their kids. Forever. There’s a Matrix quality to it. Maybe they want that.

bour3 on October 17, 2013 at 5:47 AM