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MD Consumer Alert: Beware COVID-19 Scams

People posing as insurance agents are marketing fake health, life, and travel insurance products.
April 28, 2020

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr., warns consumers to watch for insurance scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. People posing as insurance agents or as representatives of a company are marketing fake health, life, and travel insurance products, mostly over the telephone, through email, or over the internet. These scammers usually try to solicit private information from individuals such as bank account information or credit card numbers.

“Marylanders should be aware and vigilant about this kind of fraudulent activity, which tends to rise in times of public distress,” Redmer says. Consumers should be aware that anyone claiming to offer COVID-19-specific coverage, telehealth-only coverage, or guaranteed access to testing may be engaged in fraud. Consumers are encouraged to report insurance fraud activities to the Maryland Insurance Administration’s Insurance Fraud Division.

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