Kan. Issues Alert on Medicare Phone Scam

May 3, 2007

Kan. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Medicare beneficiaries and their families to be aware of a new Medicare phone scam.

The caller claims to be a Medicare representative from your area Medicare Office. They report that all Medicare Beneficiaries will receive $200 or $150 per month to pay for prescription drugs and the beneficiary will receive a new Medicare card showing proof of the new benefits. The caller asks to confirm your Medicare number and then asks for your bank account number.

According to reports the caller is said to have a foreign accent and has used the last name of “Jones” with the representative ID number DJ1049. The caller may give out phone numbers with an 866 area code as numbers to call if they do not want to enroll now and wish to at a later date.

The Department reminds consumers that Medicare representatives will never ask for a bank account number over the phone. Consumers that receive suspicious phone calls or have any questions concerning their Medicare or other insurance products should contact the Kansas Insurance Department Consumer Assistance Hotline at 1-800-432-2484 or the Senior Health Insurance Counseling Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.

Source: Kansas Insurance Department

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