Blog Article Spring 2019
From our Executive Director’s Desk
Like many of you, our blog readers, I am a senior. And as a senior, I get calls from strangers trying to sell me things.
Last week, I received a call from yet another stranger. Because I research scams targeting seniors, I didn’t hang up.
The caller told me he was sure I could use a back brace and assured me it was absolutely free – no cost to me. All he needed was my full name, date of birth, address for shipping and Medicare number. When I refused to give out my personal information or Medicare number, he hung up.
This attempt at Medicare fraud was unsuccessful because I am aware of how it works. If you get a call like this, never give out any personal information or your Medicare number. Your personal information can be sold to other scammers, and you may be denied needed durable medical equipment in the future by Medicare.
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