Medicare scam hitting West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Medicare scams that try to steal personal and sensitive information are hitting West Virginia.

Scammers will pose as a Medicare representative or an affiliate and ask for bank account, credit card, Medicare and/or Social Security information. Sometime they will even ask for payment for a newly issued Medicare card.

According to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, more than a dozen people in West Virginia report having received such calls in recent weeks.

Attorney General Morrisey says that the scam activity might be encouraged by the recent distribution of new Medicare cards. The new cards contain a new beneficiary number, instead of the recipient’s Social Security number, to limit fraud.

People should be wary of any unsolicited calls. Medicare representatives will not call someone uninvited to threaten the cancellation of benefits, request money, or ask for personal information, such as someone’s new Medicare beneficiary number.

People should always remember to verify the authenticity of the recipient before handing over personal information. They also must recognize any bullying or intimidation tactics as an immediate red flag.

The Attorney General’s elder abuse litigation and prevention unit encourages anyone with questions or concerns to contact the unit’s senior services and elder abuse hotline at 304-558-1155 or HelpForSeniors@wvago.gov.

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