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Scammers posing as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) are luring customers by offering discounted health insurance plans that are well below the market value.
The Florida-based scam artists are using fake Google and Manta listings bearing Blue Cross’s logo and web address, along with bogus physical addresses in Omaha.
According to a statement from state attorney general Doug Peterson's office, BCBSNE investigators believe the scam is affiliated with an entity called Simple Health based out of Hollywood, Florida.
"When contacted by phone, the scam artists collect personal information and offer insurance plans well below market value. Simple Health victims have reported online that the company charges their credit card monthly, but never provides insurance cards or proof of coverage. They also make it difficult to cancel service," it added.
The Nebraska Attorney General's office has issued a formal notice warning consumers of the fradulent scheme, and advised the victims to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
"The Attorney General's Office received notice this morning that scam artists based in Florida are posing as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Nebraska consumers should be wary of calling any telephone number other than one available on BCBSNE’s official webpage in order to purchase insurance."
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