TODAY | October 11, 2013
>>> a warning for anyone who is considering signing up for insurance under the new health care law . nbc's tom costello is in washington this morning with more on that story. tom, good morning.
>> hi, savannah, good morning. they see this every time a new government program rolls out and creates confusion and this new law that requires the uninsured to buy insurance has a lot of people confused and is easy targets for scam artists .
>> reporter: it's been an all out pr push getting americans to sign up for affordable insurance or obama care.
>> good health insurance for the price of your cell phone bill or less.
>> reporter: on twitter, celebs like amy polar, lady gaga joining in. but criminals maybe waiting to pounce.
>> it's a golden opportunity for scam artists to take advantage and scam consumers out of money.
>> reporter: already he is getting reports of scammers cold calling people demanding social security numbers , dates of birth and credit card information and telling those people they could go to jail if they don't buy insurance . not true.
>> if you don't buy insurance through obama care or another insurance plan you're not going to go to jail.
>> reporter: whatever you do, say the experts, don't give personal information or money to anyone that calls or e-mails. arizona attorney general tom horne.
>> hang up on them right away. they're trying to get into your bank and take money from you. it's not legitimate.
>> reporter: meanwhile, the obama care website roll out has been a nightmare. 11 days of glitches, crashes and people that want to buy insurance getting kicked off the site. health care .gov is riddled with software and coding problems.
>> people are wasting hours trying to get through this thing and the obama administration has an obligation to shut it down and bring it back up when it works.
>> reporter: the white house insists millions have visited the site but they're not saying how many have actually enrolled and we have only been able to identify a handful.
>> this say problem that was driven by overwhelming demand from people saying i want to sign up for affordable health care and they're going to be able to.
>> reporter: another problem associated with the obama care roll out, if you want to report you have been targeted by a scam artist you won't get through to the federal trade commission because no one can answer the phone with the government shutdown . back to you.
>> how did we know that would be the punch line? tom costello, thank you so