Scammers often target seniors by pretending to be representatives of insurance companies or healthcare companies. Recently, the Better Business Bureau is seeing a new twist on this classic con: calls from “Medicare” claiming to have your new back brace.
How the Scam Works
You pick up the phone, and it’s someone pretending to be a Medicare representative. From there, the con has two typical patterns. The scammer will either offer you a back brace through Medicare or claim that a caregiver previously called about receiving a back brace from Medicare.
If you show interest in the brace, the scammer will start asking for personal information, such as your Social Security number or a Medicare number to access the benefits. Don’t fall for these phony claims, even if the calls are persistent! The callers offer no company name and may even hang up on you if you ask for further company information.
Protect Yourself from Healthcare Scams
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For more information about Medicare fraud, check out these resources on Medicare.gov.