Seniors beware of Medicare scam

June 25, 2013

in State

Seniors beware, Medicare will never e-mail you or call you to verify your information, they already have it.

Seniors continue to be targets for scam artists because the the scams keep working.

Some recent scams that are crisscrossing the US include:

The new Medicare card scam.

A new version of an ongoing scam is one where an “official” with Medicare is calling because Medicare is sending out new cards and he or she needs to verify some of your information. Of course the information they are looking for is your banking account information. Even the savviest seniors fall victim to these types of scams.

Why? Because the caller is very convincing as they often appear to have some of your banking information al-ready. This makes them seem legit and the senior tends to let their guard down.

Never give out your bank information, Social Security number, or your Medicare number to a stranger. Treat it as you would a credit card.

Once a scammer knows where you bank, your bank routing number is public knowledge and all the scam artist needs now to access your money is your bank account number.

June 30 Deadline – Verify You’re Eligibility & Enrollment scam!

A current scam regarding the Medicare Enrolment period is popping up in beneficiaries’ e-mail boxes across the nation. The email claims to be for open enrollment and asks you to verify your Part D eligibility and enrollment by a June 30 deadline. Open enrolment is Oct. 15 thru Dec. 7, 2013. Do not respond to this e-mail.

If you believe that you have been a target of these scams, the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) can help with any questions or concerns you may have at 888-515-6565.

The SMP Mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.

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