Scam alert issued for Medicare beneficiaries
Iowa’s Senior Medicare Patrol issued a warning Tuesday that scammers posing as Medicare officials are phoning Iowa’s seniors and attempting to visit them in their homes.
In reality, the scammers are trying to obtain personal information to commit financial fraud. Their hook is to convince the potential victim that they have new and critical information about their Medicare benefits.
“Watch out for a caller who says they want to bring details about a new Medicare Summary Notice or deliver a new Medicare card to you,” SMP state coordinator Deb Yankey said. “Medicare officials do not phone seniors to discuss changes and they do not visit your home. It’s shrewd to be rude — hang up the phone and don’t open your door to a stranger.”
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