EDINBURG, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The non-English speaking elderly are often the easiest to target here in the Rio Grande Valley. The senior Medicare patrol is trying to get the word out about a Medicare scam that has re-surfaced across the valley hitting the Edinburg, Edcouch-Elsa area, the hardest.
"Somebody comes knocking on your door and claiming they’re from Medicare, saying they have extra money they need to spend."
According to the scammer, in order to get rid of that extra money, they've purchased gifts cards to big name retailers.
"And they tell the unsuspecting beneficiary that all they need in order for them to be able to give them one is their Medicare number or id."
Now the gift cards are real, they do carry value, but the problem is the scammer now has the Medicare information that is handed over to an unscrupulous licensed medical provider that then basically bills and steals from the government.
He says these scammers are very organized in their operation.
I do feel these people do their homework, then show up in an area and work, they work that area for a while and then they disappear."
He adds an individual should never give their Medicare number to a stranger or someone they do not trust.