Columbus, OH - It isn’t uncommon for telemarketers to target seniors by pretending to be representatives of well-known insurance or healthcare companies. Recently, BBB Serving Central Ohio has received reports of older consumers getting anonymous phone calls and cards from companies offering back and knee braces.BBB is alerting elderly and disabled residents and their caregivers to beware of unsolicited phone calls and cards from unscrupulous people looking to bill Medicare and insurance for back braces, neck braces and knee braces.“I’m not always there when my mother gets these calls, but back and knee braces are sent regularly to our home,” said one Columbus man. “Sending them back is almost impossible because when I contact the companies they say they can’t send me a shipping label without the doctor’s name. Her doctor didn’t order these braces, so we’re stuck with the brace and a charge on her Medicare statement...I called Medicare, they didn’t have any suggestions. I called my insurance company and they said they’d look into it. That’s when I called BBB.”BBB would like to remind consumers that Medicare should already have your information. If Medicare or another government agency contacts you, they should have your name and address. A call asking if you are in pain or would like a brace is most likely blasted out to thousands of phone numbers. Treat your Medicare number like your credit card information or other personal details. Do not share it with unsolicited callers. You should also keep accurate records of all health care appointments to prevent fraud involving Medicare/Medicaid information provided to doctors or caregivers.For more information on how this scam works and how to avoid it, click here.Report Medicare Fraud to the Office of the Inspector General at the US Department of Health and Human Services.To learn more about scams, or to report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.Media Contact: Kip Morse firstname.lastname@example.org 614.754.4560About BBB For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central Ohio, which was founded in 1921 and serves 21 counties in Central Ohio.