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Phone scam targets Medicare participants

Phone scam targets Medicare participants

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I just received word from the Skagit Valley Herald that a senior was contacted by a phone scammer who told her she needs to hand over her bank account information to receive a special Medicare card. The caller – who had a heavy accent – claimed to be from Washington, DC, but didn’t provide a name, phone number or any other identifying information.

Nevada’s attorney general issued a warning after a senior in that state reported an attempt to steal his Medicare number. In that situation, the caller pretended to be a government agency representative and said the Medicare beneficiary was eligible for a new glucose meter covered under Medicare Part B. The caller then asked the senior to confirm “you are who you say you are” and requested the beneficiary’s Medicare number.

Remember, government programs will never make unsolicited calls seeking financial or health information. Anyone who does so is a crook.

Information on how to identify and report Medicare fraud and abuse is available on the Office of the Insurance Commissioner's Web site.

[Thanks, reporter Lynsi Burton.]

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 06/01/2011 03:27:36 PM | 

I just received a similar phone call from Texas from a women with a strong Indian accent who claimed to be a verification officer and would provide me with a new Medicare Part B plastic card. She began asking for bank verification and my account number that my Social Security check was deposited into. I told her I would not provide her with that informaiton, but she did have the name of my bank and the bank number on file.
She immediately hung up when I said I did not want the plastic card.
She would not provide the phone number or any other identifying informaiton until I provided her with the informaiton. She stated she would transfer me to the safety and security once I gave her the informaiton.
Posted by: Sandra M Stoddard ( Email ) at 1/22/2013 9:41 AM

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