How You Can Protect Yourself from Medicare Scams

June 30, 2016

With close to six million Medicare beneficiaries in California alone, scammers are developing more creative and manipulative ways to take advantage of this growing population.

Posing as a Medicare representative. Be careful of “representatives” calling or coming to your door claiming to need personal information in order to adjust your account. Also, while there are legitimately approved Medicare discount cards available, there also is a growing list of companies selling those that are scams.

How to avoid this scam:

  • Never give financial information over the phone or to a door-to-door salesman.
  • Be wary of medical care at “mobile clinics” – free services that you shouldn’t be charged.
  • Contact Medicare for a list of pre-approved discount card companies.


Spreading the word on “Medicare” scams was published on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website. Click to read more about this scam and watch a video about resource you can use to avoid falling victim.


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