The Better Business Bureau is warning residents to beware of unsolicited phone calls from scammers looking to obtain Medicare or Medicaid information. BBB has received inquiries from residents reporting they received phone calls, supposedly from federal agencies, asking for personal information such as Medicare, Medicaid, social security, credit card or bank account numbers. If the crooks can get banking information, they'll use it to commit identity theft.
Excuses to provide this information include; an error needs to be fixed, participate in a survey, eligible to receive free products and sign up for a new prescription drug plan.
Medicare, Medicaid and the Social Security Administration will not call you to update information or issue a new card. If you get one of these calls, hang up and report it to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The BBB recommends the following tips to avoid this scam: