Insurance Scam

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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Recent layoffs are putting thousands of people in Wichita through tough economic times. Unemployment is leaving many families without medical insurance.

Rick and Kathy Clark started feeling the pinch a few months ago when Rick lost his job. The family of seven lost both their main source of income and their insurance.

Kathy says a roadside sign promising cheap insurance caught her eye. She called the number, but now thinks it was a mistake. The salesman who came to their house pitched a program the Clarks believed to be a year's worth of dental and prescription drug coverage for $240. The Clarks say they were stunned when the policy came in the mail. It wasn't insurance at all, just a way for them to get the same rates insurance companies pay for medical services.

A spokesman for the company says the Clarks should have been aware of what they were buying. He says the company cannot be held responsible for the misunderstanding because its salespeople are private contractors.

Deputy District Attorney Joe Kisner says to be careful when dealing with roadside advertisers. He says that in many cases, these companies are not what they appear to be.

Kisner says to follow these tips when dealing with companies that send sales representatives to your home:

  • Get references and call other customers.
  • Avoid paying large amounts of money up front.
  • Be wary of companies based out of state.

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