How to avoid the Medical Coverage and Benefits Scam
Source: admin Release Time: 22:58:21 2018-09-24
The elderly are bombarded nowadays with calls claiming to be from local medical centers. The scammers pretend to either confirm the continuation of “annual coverage” with the senior, ask the patient to make a payment that didn’t go through a previous time, or to let them know about a new mandatory prescription that the elderly need to get.In all cases, the scammers exploit the health concerns of the victims and ask for confirmation of their Medicare number and their credit card details.In one variation of the scam, seniors are receiving calls from a phony representative from “AD Medical Advisors” who tries to sell them a prescription drug discount plan or advises them of a problem with their Medicare program. The crook then asks for a bank account number and withdraws $300.In a different variation of the coverage scam, criminals call seniors claiming to be government officials. They seek personal information in order to process government benefits and use the enactment of the Affordable Care Act to collect names, addresses and bank account numbers from unsuspecting victims. This scam occurs anytime there’s a big change in a government policy, or when a topic is in the news. Then it's easy for scammers to use people’s uncertainty and try to get them to reveal personal information. How to avoid:Warn your parents and grandparents of this in advance and advise them to tell the callers they’ll call them back. That way they can ring off straight away.