From The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS has experienced an increase in complaints about possible identity theft.
As the Medicare open enrollment period (October 15 through December 7, 2012)
gets closer, many new telemarketing schemes involving Medicare Advantage and the
Prescription Drug Benefit Program (Part D) are expected to emerge. Based on
this recent surge of complaints, CMS is encouraging distribution of a fraud
alert such as the one provided below.
FRAUD ALERT: MEDICARE TELEMARKETING FRAUD
Seniors in the Michigan area have been recently targeted by a fraudulent telemarketing
scheme. Random callers have telephoned seniors claiming that Medicare is sending all seniors
new cards. The callers have asked these seniors to verify their name and
address and then asked for their bank's name, and in some cases, more detailed
banking information. These seniors were targeted by a Medicare
telemarketing fraud scheme.
Please be aware, this fraudster and others like him are still making calls to seniors
across the country in an attempt to steal their identities for fraudulent
purposes. It's important to remember: The only time you need a new Medicare card is when you
have misplaced an old one or enroll in a new plan. Never give your financial information or social security
number over the phone. Never give your Medicare plan number to someone you do not
know, and Immediately end any phone conversation with anyone who
asks for this information over the phone.
Please report this event to your health
plan. If you get a similar call, please report it to 1-800-MEDICARE.
Help us stop these fraudsters from taking advantage of unsuspecting
Any questions, call us at Mid-Valley, 781-0584