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Scam calls ramp up during Medicare Open Enrollment

Never a dull moment in the world of the telephone scammers! Although unsuspecting people experience scam telephone calls all year long, it seems that Medicare’s open enrollment period, which we are now in, is “prime time” for such calls. And a lot of those calls – and in some cases even door to door visits – use scare tactics and hard sell tricks to get you to dump your existing healthcare coverage and sign up for theirs. Here’s a rule of thumb: if you didn’t initiate the call, it’s almost certainly a scam. Though calls from impostors claiming to be from Social Security are still high in number, many calls now use offers of “free” or very low cost medical equipment (such as backbraces or knee braces) to get you to reveal you personal information. In this article by Susan Tompor appearing in the Detroit Free Press, the author explains the types of scams most popular now during Medicare Open Enrollment, and also offers advice on what to do if you get such a call. Click here to read more.

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