Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Healthy suspicion saves him from Medicaid scam

0 comments
An unsolicited caller asking for personal information is likely a scam artist.
An unsolicited caller asking for personal information is likely a scam artist.

DEAR HARRY: I am 84 years old, and I live in a retirement community. I think I still have my wits about me, but I guess I'm just a very suspicious person. Last week, I received a call from someone who said he represented Medicare doing a random survey of what people think of various facets of the system. He proceeded to ask me some innocuous questions about recent care and co-payments. Then he said he had to verify that I'm really who I said I am. That turned my lights on. He asked my Medicare number, "you know its your SS number usually followed by a letter A." I hung up immediately and got no callback. I'm sure this was a scam of some sort, and I notified my fellow residents through our monthly bulletin. Several other residents got the same call, and at least one responded fully. Our administrator is helping her to watch over her money. Harry, please tell your readers to be very careful about callers who identify themselves as government employees. My elderly sisters and brothers are particularly vulnerable.

WHAT HARRY SAYS: You bet they are! There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the fear of running out of money before they run out of days, as well as respect for authority. In our area, I have recently come across fake sheriffs, fake court officers, fake prizes, fake relatives and deceitful salesmen. Please, keep your personal info close to your vest. If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. No ifs or maybes.

 


Email Harry Gross at harrygrossDN@gmail.com, or

write to him at Daily News, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Harry urges all his readers to give blood. Contact the American Red Cross at 800-Red Cross.

Daily News Personal Finance Columnist
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter