New Scam Targets Seniors

| February 2, 2013
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A new scam targeting seniors has been reported.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Senior Medicare Patrol Director Rona McNally:

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Individuals have been posing as official representatives and going door-to-door, then stealing from seniors who let them in their homes.  McNally said the reports come from Nebraska, but scams like these tend to travel throughout the country.  McNally emphasizes that Medicare representatives never go door-to-door, they will always make contact through the postal service.

Press Release from Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) would like seniors to be aware of a telephone scam affecting Iowans as reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol. These scams tend to spread to other neighboring states once in motion.

  • The caller poses as being “from” Medicare.
  • They explain there are changes to the Medicare Summary Notice and Medicare cards and they want to visit the person’s home to give them the information and materials. They try to obtain personal information to commit financial fraud.

Please be aware, Medicare officials do not call beneficiaries to discuss changes to the program nor do they visit their homes.

We encourage people who suspect identity theft to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338.

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