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Aug 01, 2020 12:07PM ● By Colleen Callahan

Colleen Callahan

Medicare Fraud

Stay Alert!

By Colleen Callahan

Each year prior to the Medicare Prescription Drug annual enrollment period agents are required to complete training. Part of the training addresses Medicare Fraud.  Can you guess what I am doing now?

If you navigate to the Medicare website you will see a section called “Help fight Medicare Fraud”.  There is even a warning to be especially careful and on the look-out for con artists now because of COVID-19.

Those over 65 are favorite targets for all sorts of nasty cybercriminals.  They offer to help you detect holes in your computer security and then steal from you.  They make attempts on your bank account by changing addresses. They can take over your cellphones, email and use your frequent flyer points all in the blink of an eye.

Bad guys may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Ultimately that causes higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. Not to mention a great deal of stress for the unfortunate victim. Remember to be diligent, protect yourself. Guard your Medicare card. A few important reminders:

·             Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you have given them permission in advance.

·             Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.

·             You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare Number. Do not do it.

·             Medicare will never visit you at your home.

Check regularly for Medicare billing fraud. Review your Medicare claims and Medicare Summary Notices for any services billed to your Medicare Number that you do not recognize.  Report anything suspicious to Medicare. If you suspect fraud, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Please call us with any questions we are here to help.

Colleen Callahan CLU, CASL, LUTCF


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