This alert comes from the CT Senior Medicare Patrol of the CT Department of Aging and Disability Services.
The CT Senior Medicare Patrol has found that reports of scams related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) are being brought to their attention. The targets of these scams are often beneficiaries of Medicare. Current scams include calls regarding the selling of fake masks and products to prevent COVID-19.
The scammers will act as if they are calling from a legitimate agency or healthcare provider, asking individuals for their Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers. This personal information is often used to bill Medicare and commit medical identity theft.
The CT Senior Medicare Patrol recommends the following:
- Contact your own doctor if you are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19.
- Do not give out your Medicare number, Social Security number, or personal information in response to unsolicited calls, texts, emails, home visits. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes as well.
- Be suspicious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free coronavirus or COVID-19 testing, supplies, or treatments. Do not allow people in your home and call the police.
- To see what Medicare covers or will cover related to COVID, visit https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus.
- Contact your local SMP for help regarding concerns related to Medicare fraud or abuse.
The Senior Medicare Patrol works to protect, detect, and report any potential fraud, errors, and abuse.
To locate the Connecticut Senior Medicare Patrol nearest you, contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-994-9422 or visit The Department of Aging and Disability Services to find your local office’s direct number.