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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - As people without health insurance sizing up policies on the new government health care market place, con artists are also seeking ways to scam people. Melissa Ames of the Better Business Bureau says thieves are targeting people seeking to gain their financial information so they can steal their money.

"There have been consumers who have been receiving phone calls, text messages and emails and it is a phishing scam and what they are trying to do is get your personal information. They are using the terms "Obamacare" or the "Affordable Health Care Act," Ames said.

The BBB warns people not to use the phone number that the caller gives you, but instead to go directly to healthcare.gov.

"You can go there and get any answers to your questions. But don't respond to someone who's calling you over the phone because what the government has told us is these are con artists. They are not actively soliciting consumers. Don't respond to a text message, don't respond to an email. Go directly to the web site," Ames said.

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