Medicare Scam Calls
Medicare Scam Calls: How They Work
It’s a universal fact that criminals have no shame while Medicare scam calls that target the elderly are the lowest of the low. Seniors across the nation are reporting a new Medicare telemarketing fraud, which comes in a few variations. Some of the examples reported are in regards to a fake Life Alert or bogus medical alert devices.
The last fraudulent approach is the Senior Emergency Phone Call, aka the Emergency Call Button. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action one of the most common Medicare scam calls exposed:
These prerecorded telemarketing calls are supposedly selling a personal emergency alarm system. This alarm is supposed to help protect seniors in the event of break-ins or medical emergencies. Crooks might claim they are from the Medicare Coverage Helpline when promoting the bogus system. According to the recorded call, this system is worth hundreds of dollars – is to be installed free, and then a monthly charge of $30 will be billed for the service.
The recording then prompts the listener to press a button to speak to a customer service representative for verification purposes. Of course, all they really want is to get your credit card information and other personal identifying information for the purpose of identity theft. Talk about nasty Medicare scams!
The agent even claims that his company is an official partner of AMA (American Medical Association), which is not the case.
Attention: the scam here is not the call in itself – there are legitimate companies that do that. It’s the criminals impersonating the official services, taking your credit card number and personal information for themselves.
Medical Alert Robocall Impersonating Real Companies
Many of the seniors who reported receiving these calls were on the Federal Do Not Call Registry, making it all the more suspicious.
Scammers make similar robocalls claiming to be from real companies. Some of these organizations are First Alert Company, Medical Emergency, Medical Alert Company, Life Alert, or Lifewatch USA.
Medicare Scam Calls: How To Avoid
The customer service representative’s refusal to give out a physical address for the company or other identifying information makes this very suspicious. A legitimate company will never refuse to give this information to its’ potential customers.
If you receive one of these Medicare scam calls but you are confused, ask for something to be sent in writing. Never give any banking or credit card information – or your social security number – to anyone over the telephone. If the company is legitimate, they will never ask for these details over the phone.
And of course, there is the business of giving everyone a free medical alert system. Hmmm, there is no such thing as getting something for nothing. This alone should be a red flag. Be sure to report these calls below and spread the word to prevent other vulnerable people from falling prey to this scam.
Medicare Calls: How To Report a Scammer
Make your friends and family aware of these Medicare scam calls by sharing this material on social media. You can officially report criminals to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:
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