State Attorney General warning seniors on Medicare scam
POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:20am
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:28am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — State authorities are warning senior citizens to be wary of identity thieves who are posing as Medicare officials in an attempt to steal seniors’ sensitive personal information.
The Texas Attorney General's Office has received complaints of individuals calling seniors at home and claiming to work for the federal Medicare program. The callers tell seniors that their Medicare identification cards, which are red, white and blue stripes across the top, are being phased out and must be replaced to continue receiving their benefits.
The caller attempt to get the victims identify information by confirming their Medicare number and bank account over the phone to receive the replacement card. Since the Medicare number is identical to their social security number the caller can get access to personal information.
The best way to avoid any version of this telephone identity theft scam is to keep in mind that major federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and Medicare program never call Americans offering to provide services. These agencies communicate by U.S. mail – and never have their employees randomly call to confirm anyone’s personal information.