“I’m Becky from Medicare, and I am a fraud,” says the August/September issue of AARP Magazine.
Becky is a robocaller offering “precautionary genetic screening nationwide,” a test you probably will never need. She wants your Medicare number so her employer can tell Medicare that you and countless others have had the test, bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars. Her boss will also sell your Medicare number to other fraudsters. Oh, and Becky does not want you to talk to your doctor about the test. Not having a real doctor involved is a huge red flag, according the AARP article.
How to fight back and not get caught in Medicare fraud schemes: say “no” to genetic testing. Be cautious about giving your Medicare number of other personal information to a stranger or organization you don’t know. If you receive a genetic testing kit in the mail, don’t accept it, but return it to sender, and, be sure to review your Medicare Summary Notice or explanation of benefits.
Telephone calls are a big problem for seniors, as are emails texts and social media for those who use them. The September AARP Bulletin explains nine ways to spot fake calls, tests and emails.
First, you get a friendly call or email from a bank you do not use or about a package you did not order.
Second, you receive an email with spelling errors and poor grammar.
Third, the sender uses emojis. That’s those little smiley faces, thumbs up and other signs.
Fourth, the email directs you to a website that has…