Seniors warned of Medicare scam

2013-04-27T09:00:00Z 2013-04-27T09:05:14Z Seniors warned of Medicare scamRegister staff Napa Valley Register
April 27, 2013 9:00 am  • 

Senior citizens are being warned about a phone scam that aims to capitalize on fraudulent Medicare.

The warning comes from Scambook, an online consumer complaint platform, which has received more than 100 consumer complaints about an alleged benefits company conning elderly Americans out of thousands of dollars.

To protect vulnerable seniors, Scambook advises the following:

• Never give any personal information to an unsolicited caller.

• Pressure to “act now” is a red flag. Avoid “one-time offers” and any coercion to meet a certain deadline.

• Hang up as soon as the call becomes suspicious,

• If in doubt, get the caller’s information, call the insurance company or Medicare, or research them online.

• Monitor finances. Check bank accounts and bill statements for any unauthorized charges.

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