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Diabetic supply scam aimed at people who are on Medicare
by Tribune Staff
May 29, 2011 | 680 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS — The office of the state attorney general is warning Nevada’s Medicare beneficiaries of unsolicited phone calls regarding their eligibility for new diabetic meters that are generally covered by Medicare under the beneficiary’s Medicare Part B.

The caller claims to be a government agency representative and is informing the Medicare beneficiary they are eligible for a new glucose meter. The caller asks the beneficiary to confirm “you are who you say you are” and requests the beneficiary’s Medicare number.

In the instance that was reported to the Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol, the beneficiary told the caller that he was not comfortable providing that information over the phone and asked the caller to send a form to provide the information. The caller promptly hung up.

“Luckily, this senior was aware enough to realize that the caller was a scammer looking for personal information in an attempt to victimize him,” said Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. “Although seniors are becoming increasingly more vigilant in protecting their Medicare numbers and other personal information, there’s always the possibility that a scammer calling a senior could persuade him or her to provide information that could open the senior to potential ID theft and medical identity theft.”

Medicare will never make unsolicited calls to a beneficiary.

If seniors receive any phone calls such as the scam above, or for more general information on potential Medicare and healthcare fraud, errors or abuse, call the Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office at 888-838-7305.

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