How the scam works:
Auto coverage rates have skyrocketed in the past years. Auto owners are searching for the best rates and it often gets confusing deciphering claims made by the major insurers.
However, recently there has been a scheme regarding auto insurance in the United States, and the President's name is being used to lure people into the scam.
This auto insurance scam starts with an email or a social media post stating Barack Obama has signed a bill into law qualifying US citizens to an auto insurance decrease. Sometimes the rate is stated to be as low as $3 per week.
The scam also makes sure to show the date of the bill signing as having been very recent, making victims less wary that they've not heard about it in the news yet.
The email contains a link that will take you to what appears to be a legitimate website. What it actually takes you to is an unlicensed auto insurance site. The site has you fill out a form with all of your personal identification information, specifically your social security number, date of birth, name and address.
The scammers then sell your information to others, leading to the theft of your identity. Not all states have been reporting these emails, but there is a box on the email allowing you to enter your zip code (supposedly for "verification purposes") therefore letting anyone, anywhere, enter the site and provide their information.
How to avoid:
Avoiding this scam is simple. Make sure you have updated spam filters on your email address. If you do, you will not usually receive this type of email. If somehow it does end up in your inbox, research the information online. Find out if any such bill has passed; any of the major news affiliates' websites will have this information. Finally, be aware that as of the date of this writing, there is no bill on the floor of Congress involving lowering citizens' auto insurance rates.
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