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Medicare fraud targets seniors

ROCHESTER, Minn (KTTC)-- Heads up if you carry Medicare...Beware of a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of the health care program

In reality they may be trying to steal your identity.

The fraudulent phone calls claim to represent a Medicare Office, the callers have been described as having a foreign accent.

They tell you that they need to issue you a new Medicare card or update your file, and in order to do that, you must first verify your identity. The bogus callers ask for personal information such as your Medicare number, your birth date, or your credit card and bank account numbers.

According to the Attorney General's office, the Social Security Administration does not call you to ask you to disclose financial information in order to get a new card.

If you receive such a call, you should report it to these two agencies as follows:

7500 Security Boulevard

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

 

Baltimore, MD 21244

800-633-4227

 

Office of Public InquiriesWindsor Park Building

6401 Security Blvd.Baltimore, MD 21235

800-772-1213

The operators of this scam are engaged in criminal activity. Citizens who receive such calls are also encouraged to report them to the FBI as follows:

Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Minneapolis Office

111 Washington Avenue South, Suite 1100

Minneapolis, MN 55401

612-376-3200

Social Security Administration

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