The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

October 2, 2013

Beware: Medicare scam attempted in Limestone County

A Lester woman wants to warn other residents of a Medicare scam taking place in Limestone County.

Wanda Stinnett of Lester said she received a telephone call from a woman speaking with a foreign accent and claiming to be with Medicare at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“She informed me that Medicare was sending out new cards and she needed to verify information,” Stinnett said. “She read off my home address and wanted to know if it was correct.”

Stinnett told the caller that she wasn’t going to verify any information and that she knew the call was a scam.

“She had my correct mailing address,” Stinnett said. “That information isn’t in the phone book.”

Stinnett said she recently read about Medicare scams in Better Business Bureau publication. Her goal is to alert others not to give out information to imposters.

Most imposters want to obtain bank account information, a Medicare number, Social Security number and date of birth to steal a senior’s identity, according to the BBB, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Senior Medicare Patrol.

The FBI suggests seniors provide no information to callers they have not dealt with in person. 

Medicare does not make telephone calls regarding health care coverage. The organization typically sends a letter on official letterhead when a situation arises and information needs to be obtained.

Seniors are also advised to not give personal information to any unknown caller.

Stinnett said she hung up on the imposter and called the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Trade Commission (although the FTC was closed due to the government shutdown).

“I want to spread the word,” Stinnett said. “I want people to know about the scam. The more it is talked about, the more it will spread.

Seniors can also report Medicare scams to the Better Business Bureau at 256-355-2226 and Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-243-5463.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee