Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. has warned consumers to watch for insurance scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reports of pandemic-related fraud are increasing around the country, according to a press release issued by the Maryland Insurance Administration. 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, the release added.
“Marylanders should be aware and vigilant about this kind of fraudulent activity, which tends to rise in times of public distress,” Redmer said in the release.
The release urges consumers to be aware that anyone claiming to offer COVID-19-specific coverage, telehealth-only coverage or guaranteed access to testing may be engaged in fraud.
The Maryland Insurance Administration maintains a database of all licensed insurance companies and professionals in the state. Consumers are encouraged to report insurance fraud activities to the Maryland Insurance Administration’s Insurance Fraud Division.
Source: Maryland Insurance Administration
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