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Is a Medical Identity Thief
calling You?

In a recent incident reported to CEI, a senior citizen received a call from a person claiming to be the director of the local council on aging. The caller began asking the senior to verify personal information that she said the council on aging had in its files. When the caller asked for the senior’s Medicare identification number, the senior sensed that something wasn’t right, refused to give the information and hung up the phone. 

So what was the purpose of this call? More than likely, the caller was a medical identity thief and once they had the Medicare number, would use it to obtain medical services in the senior's name and/or commit Medicare fraud. Unfortunately this incident is part of a growing trend and highlights the importance of not giving out personal information over the phone, unless you have initiated the call yourself.     »Read more
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