Beware of Scams

POSTED BY: Brittany Shannon
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 06:02 PM
Scam Alert

If you are on Medicare, listen up. WHIZ has tips on how to protect yourself from someone who may be trying to take your money.

Starting this week, senior citizens who have fallen into the Medicare "donut hole" will begin to receive $250 checks making them easy targets for scammers. The checks require no action for those receiving them and do not require applications.


"The individuals do not need to do anything at all. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will track all of that," says the Muskingum County Center for Seniors Executive Director, Terry Dunn.


It's important to remember never to give out any personal information over the phone or Internet.


"One of the big things that we tell people all the time and it's not different on this, if you don't know who's calling, do not give them any personal information. Do not give them your social security number, your Medicaid or Medicare number. Do not give them your bank account information, nothing at all," says Dunn.


If you would like information on the rebate checks, please call 1-800- Medicare or 1(800)623-4227. You can also visit www.medicare.gov.


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