Manipulating the Medicare system is a new angle that is being used to steal from seniors.  This is a travesty. Medicare is designed to provide essential health care and medical services for older Americans.  When scammers succeed in diverting funds from deserving seniors, those who need it the most may be declined future reimbursement. That is why we want to help spread the word to help you and your loved ones avoid these scams.

Medicare scammers often reach out to unsuspecting seniors, posing as medical office staff or employees of the health care program. Phone calls or email contact is used to phish for sensitive information that can be used to steal the victim’s identity.

It has also been found that some scammers set up booths at health fairs and other community events. They provide “free” health care screenings and in the process, obtain personal information. Then, the information is used to submit fraudulent bills for medical services or equipment. Since the scammers pocket the insurance money, the victim might be denied payment for medical appointments or screenings.

If the Medicare system shows that you already received those medical services,  you likely won’t be paid  reimbursement for the same thing again in the same year. As a result, seniors are left without necessary medical services.

Don’t Provide Information to Unknown Sources

Be very cautious if anyone calls you asking for personal information. Sometimes, the phone caller will ask for your Social Security number, in order “to send you a new Medicare card.” Just hang up. Medicare will never contact you by phone for personal information. The only time you should provide this type of information is when you are at the doctor’s office, working with a trusted medical clinic. In fact, it’s a good idea to hang up on most any unsolicited incoming phone calls.

If you are the victim of a Medicare scam, or any other fraudulent activity, it is important that you report it to the FTC. For more information, you are welcome to contact us at any time. Email or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.

This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.