Medicare scam by phone is reported
by By JOYANNA LOVE Banner Staff Writer
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A Bradley County resident wants to warn others after being targeted for a scam by individuals claiming to be Medicare representatives.

Pat Steele said she received a call from someone with a foriegn accent on Sept 12. The caller claimed information was needed to send out new Medicare cards.

“I was thinking, ‘Well, Oct. 1 is coming up and maybe because of Obamacare, Social Security is issuing new cards,’” Steele said.

When the caller asked for bank account numbers, she knew it was a scam. Steele said Medicare had never asked for account information before.

A call to Medicare confirmed that new cards were not being issued, Steele said.

Medicare would send a letter in the mail if something like that were to happen.

Steele said she wants to warn others who may think it is legitimate and give out their information.

Steele also reported the call to the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the FTC website, scammers often adapt old scams to make them relate to current events. In July, the FTC posted information warning consumers not to give information to people calling claiming those answering the phone needed to provide information to be able to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Health Insurance Marketplace will not be available until Oct. 1.

Many scams ask for personal information via phone or email. To avoid becoming a victim and losing money, never give out bank account or Social Security information to unconfirmed sources.

Most banks do not ask for such personal information via email.

To report a possible scam, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ to report it and find ways to try to keep it from happening again.