AG warns seniors of Medicare scam

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AUGUSTA — Attorney General Janet Mills is warning seniors about a Medicare scam amid recent reports of calls from individuals claiming to represent Medicare.

There are reports from Maine Medicare recipients who have received phone calls claiming to be from Medicare, Mills said in a news statement released Tuesday.

The callers claim Medicare is issuing a new Medicare card and asks for the consumer’s account number, the name of their financial institution and their financial routing and account numbers. Mills is advising consumers not to do what the callers ask.

“Mainers can protect themselves by never giving any personal information to anyone over the phone,” Mills said.

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Medicare consumers who have done what the callers instructed are recommended to review their Medicare statements carefully for the next year, and contact 1-800-MEDICARE immediately if anything questionable appears on their statements. Consumers should also notify their financial institution if their account information has been compromised.

If anyone suspects they are the victims of a Medicare scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 207-626-8849.

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