Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Scam Alert: Medicare Fraud

Medicare Annual Enrollment runs through December 7th, and it's a banner time for Medicare fraud.

Be aware of ads that promise medical equipment being covered 100% by Medicare, like the one that might appear in the newspaper offering a free back brace, or the TV infomercial claiming you can get anything to ease your pain with no money out of pocket. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor's prescription. Scammers hope you don't know this. They want your Medicare number so they can fraudulently bill Medicare. Plus, since your Medicare number is the same as your Social Security number, there are additional dangers of giving that information out, such as identity theft.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

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