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Oct. 17, 2013 @ 06:39 PM

Insurance official warns of health care reform scams

RALEIGH -- N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin issued a warning Thursday for residents to beware of scam artists who may try to take advantage of the confusion surrounding federal health care reform.

“Scammers may pose as insurance agents or representatives of the federal government in an attempt to sell fraudulent policies or collect your personal information,” Goodwin said in a news release.

The release said there are “bogus” websites that give the appearance of being part of the new federal online insurance marketplaces. The marketplaces, also called exchanges, opened Oct. 1. The websites ask consumers to enter personal information and to select the level of coverage they desire, to in turn receive a list of plans they can purchase. North Carolina’s exchange is run by the federal government and can be accessed at

Another involves unsolicited calls from scammers who claim to have residents’ new “Obamacare” insurance card. The caller then asks for credit card numbers, bank account information or Social Security number. A variation of this trick specifically targets seniors on Medicare.

McKinney to broadcast collection of evidence of paranormal

DURHAM – The advertising agency McKinney is planning to gather evidence of paranormal activity at its offices in Durham, and to broadcast what it finds online.

McKinney, based in Durham, is part of the South Korea-based global advertising network Cheil Worldwide.

Agency employees are using Google Hangout’s broadcast feature to tether 10 different cameras, including the Google Glass, to document the collection of evidence on paranormal activity, according to a news release.

The company has created the website to share the agency’s findings. There will be employee testimonials of paranormal activity, and visitors will can submit their own theories after viewing all the evidence.

There will be one evidence collection broadcast on Oct. 24. On Oct. 30, the agency will broadcast an interactive séance live.