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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

It's an old scam with a new twist. Officials with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance say scammers are taking advantage of the confusion around the new health care law.

AyLee Her helps people enroll for health insurance through the government's website

www.healthcare.gov.

"I do not ask anything over the phone except for to talk to them about the Affordable Care Act and that's all I do over the phone," said Her.

The Better Business Bureau says scammers are calling and asking for personal information that should never be given over the phone, such as social security numbers.

"Whenever you are called unsolicited, that should immediately put up a red flag in your mind," said Kimberly Hazen of the Better Business Bureau.

The Federal Trade Commission has received more than 100 complaints of Obamacare scams.

"Pitchmen and scam artists are really good at taking advantage of timely issues and this is one of them," said Hazen.

Scammers are posing as insurance agents or government representatives. They threaten jail time or increased costs if you don't buy insurance from them.

The BBB says it's easy to know if the person is legitimate.

"The government will never call you over the phone," said Hazen.

Her says there is only one reason he would call a consumer.

"One hundred percent of my calls to individuals is to reschedule an appointment," said Her.

Even then, the consumer can ask for his federal ID number to verify his identity or simply check his name on

http://oci.wi.gov/.

The scams are also happening on the web. Officials suggest avoiding third party sites. They say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you think you've been scammed, you can file on online claim with the Better Business Bureau. Officials with the Better Business Bureau say check your credit report often. That's one way to see if your identity has been stolen.

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