(PRWEB) November 07, 2011
Reverse Phone Directory, a leading online reverse phone directory, warns that the current open enrollment period of Medicare from October 15th until December 7th also means open season for scammers. Since the 15th, reports of impostor phone calls and door-to-door scams claiming to be Medicare representatives have skyrocketed. The scammers take various forms. ReversePhoneDirectory.com offers warning of frauds to be aware of.
The first version of the scam uses an impostor Medicare employee. Victims are contacted by telephone and asked to verify their Medicare information by someone claiming to be representing Medicare. The caller sometimes claims that a new Medicare card needs to be issued, and claims that the victim has qualified for enhanced benefits. Often times the official sounding phone call intimidates unsuspecting people into giving out sensitive information over the phone to receive the enhanced benefits. Often times the thief will ask to verify identity using social security number or credit card information. This enables the scammer to steal this vital information for use in identity theft.
In the second version the victim is contacted by a caller who informs them that they qualify for a refund from last year. The victim is informed that they simply need to verify identity by giving their social security information. They are told that the refund will be directly deposited into their bank account, and that they simply need to give their bank account information.
Some people have been fooled by fraudsters claiming to be selling supplemental insurance. By claiming association with Medicare, scammers are able to establish trust and sell high priced unnecessary insurance to unsuspecting victims. The victim unknowingly spends hundreds of dollars for non-existent insurance.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com hopes to educate the public to protect Medicare users from falling prey to these scams. If contacted by a person claiming to be a representative of Medicare, or an associated supplemental insurance company Reverse Phone Directory.com suggests the following:
- Never give out sensitive information over the phone.
- Contact the authorities. If a call seems like a potential scam contact local police immediately and provide a detailed description of the call and the actions took
- Use Reverse Phone Directory. Request a number where the caller can be reached, use the number displayed on caller ID or dial *69. Visit ReversePhoneDirectory.com and run a reverse phone lookup search. The report will give more information about the person calling and confirm the identity of the caller.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com is a leading provider of reverse phone lookup services that enable consumers to simply search a number, including cell numbers (where available), landline numbers and VoIP to accurately find the owner of that number. In addition to phone number information, ReversePhoneDirectory.com has search portals for public records services and provides access to the most current information. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is committed to helping people live better during technologically advanced times, believing that information is a powerful currency and people across the country should have easy access to information about everything and everyone they come in contact with.