AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas is one of several states suing scammers taking advantageof those without health insurance.
The Federal Trade Commission said some ads are misleading peopleand hustling customers out of millions of dollars.
"There are nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance.These scams are targeted precisely to those people," said DavidVladeck of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.
The scam artists bill themselves as offering legitimate healthinsurance plans in exchange for low monthly premiums.
"if they're just signing you up, it's probably too good to betrue," said Lisa Swanson, Minnesota's Attorney General. "If theytell you, it's only good for today or we can only offer a few morepolicies, run!"
The government said the groups make false claims and usehigh-pressure phone tactics to enroll consumers.
The FTC said the insurance scams are all part of a growing trendin this tough economy.
A local road project more than two decades in the making won't save drivers as much time as many had hoped.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Two men were arrested and a third was being sought by police for the shooting death of 47-year-old Russell Martens.
Parking arrangements are a bit different this year at Austin's Trail of Lights, but there are options to suit just about anybody.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.