The Council on Aging has received reports of someone contacting seniors in the Limestone County area saying that they are from the Limestone Senior Centers. The callers are asking for information such as your name and address, and then saying they are updating or selling Medicare supplement policies. These callers are also asking questions such as, 'Do you have a guard dog at your home?' The caller says her name is 'Brandy,' but beware that the names could vary, and these calls could spread beyond Limestone County.
The Council on Aging warns that these calls are not coming from the Council on Aging or the Senior Centers. Your BBB provides the following tips to help protect you from Medicare scams:
- Never give out your personal information over the phone, especially if it is from an unsolicited caller. If consumers receive a suspicious phone call, they should hang up immediately.
- Remind elderly family members that Medicare will never call to ask for sensitive personal financial information. If you suspect fraud contact your local police or the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General at 800-HHS-TIPS.
- Don`t do business with door-to-door or telephone salespeople who tell you that medical services or equipment are free. Medicare, Medicaid and the Social Security Administration will not call you to update information or issue a new card.
- Give your insurance/Medicare identification only to those who have provided you with medical services.
- Keep accurate records of all health care appointments to prevent fraud involving Medicare/Medicaid information provided to doctors or caregivers.