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Be Careful What Information You Share To Potential Scams

Beth Nelson

Outreach Counselor

I am sure that most of you, if not all of you have heard the saying “buyer beware.” It may be an old saying, but it still holds true to this day.

Medicare Scams can come by phone, e-mail, TV advertisement, door to door and at vendor fairs. With Chautauqua county losess to Medicare Fraud at approximately $38 million dollars per year, it is not surprising that I receive many phone calls from folks who are being harassed by trolling phone calls from scammers. Many folks who call me often ask, “How do these callers know so much about me?”

Scam artists are very clever, but we help them out by giving out a lot of our information.

Some of the ways to be on the radar of the scammers is frequently entering contests, mailing in warranty cards, filling in lots of surveys and posting personal information on social media.

Be careful of what information you share and remember that Medicare will not call you.

If you are interested in learning more about how to “prevent, detect and report Medicare Fraud” and would like a presentation about Medicare Fraud at your community organization, give me a call.

Our next phone teach in is Tuesday. Mark Kissinger, special advisor to the Commissioner of Health Care will discuss the “New York State Department of Health Age Friendly Health Care Systems Initiative.”

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