Saturday, February 21, 2009

Medicare cautions about fraudulent phone calls

Watch out!

A caller says he needs to know the name and address of the Medicare member in order to mail a new card. Another caller tells the Medicare member to make a one-time lump-sum payment and premium deductions from the member’s Social Security benefits check will cease forever so please provide a bank account number. Medicare does not sell products or services nor is issuing a new card.

Do not volunteer personal information to anyone claiming to call from Medicare. If this happens, report the call to SMP Hawaii, a fraud prevention program at Executive Office on Aging at 586-7281. If you think you have given your bank account number to a scam artist call your bank immediately.