LANSING, Mich. — As Medicare Open Enrollment began Oct. 15, officials from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are warning seniors to watch out for scams targeting them and their personal information.
Scammers posing as Medicare “representatives” may be contacting seniors and trying to trick them into giving Medicare ID numbers or other personal information, like a Social Security number or date of birth, according to a news release Wednesday.
“Medicare Open Enrollment should be a time when Michigan’s seniors can find security in enrolling in the coverage that is right for them, but unfortunately there are unscrupulous individuals using it as an opportunity to take advantage of seniors,” DIFS Director Anita Fox said. “The most important thing Medicare participants can do to avoid these scams is to refuse to give out personal information to anyone reaching out to them over the phone, online or at their front doors.”
State officials offered the following tips to protect seniors during Open Enrollment:
- Remember that Medicare agents and brokers selling Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plans:
- Cannot make unsolicited calls, send unsolicited text messages or leave voicemail messages
- May not approach you without you giving permission first (ex: door-to-door, walking up to cars and approaching in parks and supermarkets) or market you door-to-door, including leaving materials…