(PRWEB) July 14, 2011
According to a recent article from the Argus Leader, seniors should be wary of a new wave of scams targeting elderly people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid.
It has been reported that these con artists are trying to bilk senior citizens into revealing personal information over the phone. The fraudsters make unsolicited calls to seniors, claiming to be from medical supply companies or government agencies offering free medical supplies. Using the free medical supplies as leverage, the caller requests the Medicare or Medicaid number or other personal information of the person. This information, once it is obtained can be used to file fraudulent Medicare or Medicaid claims, commit identity theft or gain access to financial accounts.
These telemarketing scams have caught the attention of South Dakota’s Attorney General, Marty Jackley.
"Exercise extreme caution before accepting any health care services that are offered over the phone, including diabetic supplies," Attorney General Jackley said. "Never give away sensitive information such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or financial account numbers to someone who calls on the phone."
PublicRecords.com urges seniors to take the following precautions in order to avoid financial loss or identity theft:
- Never give out personal or financial information over the phone to an unsolicited caller.
- Be suspicious of any “offer” that sounds too good to be true, verify the offer by contacting the company directly and tell them about the call.
- Don’t succumb to pressure tactics or being forced into making a decision immediately, any reputable organization understands that decisions take time.
- Use PublicRecords.com to research the number or the name of the company. PublicRecords.com provides information about the number from which the call was made and details about the business that is calling.
- Request everything in writing. Any program that is legitimately offering medical supplies or equipment will provide documentation of the offer. Don’t be in a rush and take the time to carefully review the offer before signing up or providing any personal or financial information.
- Report suspicious calls to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 605-773-4102.