State agency warns of Medicare scam

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By Staff Reports

A state agency is warning Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about recent complaints regarding suspicious telemarketing to beneficiaries in many regions of Virginia.
Scam artists are pretending to be from Medicare and asking beneficiaries for their bank information in order to receive their new Medicare card and/or their Medicare benefits, according to a report from the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program
“Medicare beneficiaries need to be aware of callers claiming to be from Medicare asking for Medicare information and banking information in order to receive their ‘new’ Medicare card and Medicare benefits,” according to a press release. “These calls are a scam. Medicare never does make calls offering supplies or services, nor do they call and request Medicare numbers.
“The number one rule is not to provide any personal information such as your Medicare number, bank account or credit card information over the phone,” the agency says.
If you think you have been a target of a scam, report it to the Virginia SMP program at 1-800-938-8885 or visit www.virginiasmp.org.