Medicare recipients should be cautious of telephone scam
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[SEPT. 5, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Bill Brady,
R-Bloomington, is cautioning Illinois' senior citizens to be aware
of a circulating telephone scam targeting Medicare recipients.
The Illinois attorney general's office has issued a warning for
Medicare beneficiaries about reports of aggressive individuals,
claiming to represent Medicare, who are telling senior citizens that
their Medicare account has been canceled and their benefits
terminated. The callers then ask the senior citizens for personal
information, including their Social Security number, bank account
and insurance information, and their date of birth.
Brady says the
calls are fraudulent and Medicare recipients should never provide
their personal financial information to an unidentified caller,
because that information could be used to exploit them financially.
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The attorney general's office says that people who receive such
calls should simply hang up the phone because the Social Security
Administration and Medicare do not make unsolicited calls.
Anyone with concerns or information about people misrepresenting
themselves as an agent of Medicare can report the situation by
calling the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline at
1-800-243-0618 or Age Options, an advocacy service for Illinois
senior citizens, at 1-800-699-9043.
[News release from
Sen. Bill Brady]