Insurance Commissioner Urges Wisconsinites to Watch Out for COVID-19 Insurance Scams
Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable today urged Wisconsin consumers to watch out for scammers offering fake COVID-19 insurance products or attempting to steal personal information.
“Unfortunately, there are some bad actors out there who would try and exploit this pandemic,” Commissioner Afable said. “During this public health emergency, we are encouraging folks to be vigilant and informed so they can spot the scammers and protect themselves.”
The Office of Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) is urging consumers to watch out for scammers offering fake, low-cost “corona” or “COVID-19” insurance to cover medical treatments. Some scammers might contact consumers claiming their health insurance has been “canceled” and then provide either a toll-free phone number or a malware link to click in hopes of stealing the consumer’s personal information.
Multiple Wisconsin agencies and offices are working together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and related developments, including combating scams. To report suspected scams, fraud, false marketing claims, or other consumer complaints related to COVID-19, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Consumer Protection Hotline atDATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov or (800) 422-7128, or file an online complaint.
Created by the Legislature in 1870, Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) was vested with broad powers to ensure that the insurance industry responsibly and adequately met the insurance needs of Wisconsin citizens. Today, OCI’s mission is to lead the way in informing and protecting the public and responding to its insurance needs.
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