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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Editor’s note: The above video previously aired on KING 5 in 2019. 
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is warning consumers to be on the lookout for websites posing as the state’s health insurance marketplace while open enrollment is underway. 
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange said it has received dozens of complaints since enrollment began from Washingtonians reporting fake websites pretending to be the real health insurance marketplace site.
Scammers use fake websites to steal a consumer’s private information, such as social security numbers and birthdates, which can expose individuals to fraud and identity theft, according to Ferguson’s office. 
To avoid getting scammed, the attorney general’s office is recommending consumers follow these helpful tips during open enrollment: 
“There will always be individuals who want to take advantage of our health insurance consumers,” said Michael Marchand, chief marketing officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Our goal is to make sure people enrolling in health coverage do so only with certified individuals and visit the correct website address at wahealthplanfinder.org.”
Open enrollment continues in Washington state through Dec. 15.
To report a website posing as the health benefits exchange, file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
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