More senior citizens in northwest Wisconsin are notifying the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) about calls from scammers who pose as a Medicare or insurance company representative. The scammer requests personal information like bank account numbers or Social Security numbers. The DATCP offers five consumer tips to protect senior citizens:
-Be suspicious of anyone contacting you by phone, mail, or in person saying they are from Medicare. Call Medicare using the number on the back of your card to verify if the representative is legitimate.
-If someone says they represent Medicare and asks to verify your Social Security number, bank account number, address, or doctor, do not provide or confirm it. Never provide such information unless you made the initial contact and know whom you are dealing with.
-If someone calls asking for your bank account number to deposit a prescription drug refund because you have reached your threshold, do not provide it. Medicare would already have the information needed to send the check.
-Know what insurance forms you are signing and what charges you are authorizing. Keep accurate records, and know what services you are being charged for.
-Do not carry your Medicare or Medicaid card with you unless you need it for an appointment or trip to the pharmacy. Shred sensitive documents with Medicare or health insurance information after they are no longer useful.
Please contact the DATCP for more information or if you believe this scam has happened to you.
Their toll-free number is 1-800-422-7128 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org