Health & Lifestyles
Some tips for avoiding Medicare scams
Medicare scammers are on the prowl. Beware: The scammer typically asks the victim to verify basic information, such as a phone number or an address, and then moves on to get them to divulge a Social Security number or a routing number. Here’s some advice from “Scambook,” an Internet resolution provider, on how to avoid becoming a victim:
Never give any info to an unsolicited caller.
Pressure to “act now” is a red flag — don’t go for the “one-time” offer or a cited deadline.
Hang up immediately if you’re suspicious of the call — if the caller is talking too fast, won’t answer questions, or won’t repeat what he or she said.
If in doubt — get the caller’s information and supervisor’s name, and call the insurance company or Medicare. If it’s legitimate, you can always call back.
Pay close attention to any bill statements and bank accounts in order to dispute an unauthorized charge sooner rather than later.