Criminals Target Medicare Benefits to Reap Millions

When criminals steal from you, the pain is raw, immediate and personal. But in arguably the costliest fraud in America, crooks use you merely as a tool for getting to a bigger target — your tax dollars that fund the federal government’s health care programs. In any given year, an estimated 5 to 10 percentContinue reading “Criminals Target Medicare Benefits to Reap Millions”

BBB Scam Alert: Spot this Scary New Twist in Law Enforcement Impostor Scams

By impersonating law enforcement, scammers intimidate victims into giving up money or personal information. But once a scam becomes widely reported, con artists need to change up their tricks. Watch out for this new twist: scammers using official-looking credentials to gain trust. (Read More)

Criminals Use You to Steal from Health Care Programs

In any given year, an estimated five to 10% of the entire budget for Medicare is lost to fraudulent billing – often seeking reimbursement for services never provided. These schemes succeed by manipulating Medicare members or stealing and misusing private information. For example, prosecutors say a marketing company used social media and sales calls toContinue reading “Criminals Use You to Steal from Health Care Programs”

7 Scams Reported on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline

Here are seven actual scam phone pitches we’ve logged recently at the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline, with names and details changed to protect individuals’ privacy. Can you detect the signs that they are fraudulent? Remember: Impostor fraud, in which criminals pretend to be law enforcement, government officials or other authorities, is now the number 1 type ofContinue reading “7 Scams Reported on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline”

BBB Report: Government Impostor Scams Continue to be Costly, new BBB Research Shows

The COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise in reports of scammers pretending to be from government agencies. While reports slowed since peaking in early 2021, victims lost more than twice as much money, according to new research by Better Business Bureau® (BBB®). BBB warns people to use caution if they are contacted by a government agency demanding moneyContinue reading “BBB Report: Government Impostor Scams Continue to be Costly, new BBB Research Shows”

Feds Warn of Impersonation Scams

New reports show that scammers are reviving an old tactic to gain trust. Scammers are emailing and texting pictures of real and doctored law enforcement credentials and badges to prove they are legitimate and scam people out of money. No one in federal law enforcement will send photographs of credentials or badges to demand anyContinue reading “Feds Warn of Impersonation Scams”

Medicare Fraud Prevention Week – Day 7

As a community, help by looking out for your older neighbors. When in public, be aware of older individuals purchasing gift cards in large amounts. If you see this, ask questions or mention gift card scams. You can report these types of scams to the @FTC. #MFPW #MFPWcommunity As a community, how can you helpContinue reading “Medicare Fraud Prevention Week – Day 7”

Medicare Fraud Prevention Week – Day 6

Health care providers, celebrate Medicare Fraud Prevention Week by talking to patients about health care-related scams such as those related to durable medical equipment and genetic testing schemes.  Health care providers, remind your patients that products and services should only be ordered by physicians they regularly see, like you, and that needed medical items shouldContinue reading “Medicare Fraud Prevention Week – Day 6”