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Medicare open enrollment is almost upon us, October 15, 2021, and continues through December 7th, 2021.

Scammers are lurking, planning to take advantage of you during this time of change or transition.  We have all heard “if it is too good to be true, it probably is!”

Please see a few techniques scammers utilize to contact you, gain access to your information, identity and ultimately your money.

  • Unsolicited calls from companies you have no prior relationship with.
  • Representative states they have been sent by Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid.
  • Agent initiates conversation about other insurance products such as annuities, during a meeting about Medicare Part C or D.
  • Agent returns to your home uninvited after first meeting.
  • Agent may claim to be able improve benefits or free products.
  • Agent requesting verification of or provide personal banking information.

Again, listen and look for the RED FLAGS:

  • Are they asking for money, bank information or a credit card?
  • Are they asking for personal information, like your Medicare or Social Security number?
  • Is the offer only good for today, during the call or meeting?
  • Do they know limited information about you, requesting your verification and additional information?

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a Medicare Scam or would like to report a scam, please contact your local SHIIP Office or call Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-351-4664.

If you need further assistance, please contact Aging Resources at 515-255-1310 and ask to speak to an Elder Rights Specialist.