$299 Prescription Drug Phone Scam

The Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has received calls about a prescription drug phone scam affecting PA seniors. The scammer offers a new prescription drug plan for the low price of $299 per year, then asks for checking account information and social security number (no reputable company or government agency will EVER ask for this information).

Don’t believe anyone who threatens to take away your Medicare benefits if you do not sign up for their plan.

Remember: Never give out your checking account, social security, or Medicare number to someone who calls you. Medicare does not allow prescription drug plans to cold call seniors.

If you get a call like this, protect yourself by hanging up the phone (my Mom doesn’t like hanging up on people. So, she sets the phone down on the counter and cleans something – they’re never there when she picks up the phone again!)

 If you believe you may have been the victim of this scam or would like to report another health care scam, call the SMP  at CARIE (Center For Advocacy For The Rights And Interest Of The Elderly). They are there to help. A real person will answer your call. No buttons to push or menus to follow. 1-800-356-3606.