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$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.



Hello everyone,

Thank you for helping us to distribute scam and fraud information to homebound seniors in PA!  Please find the Senior Medicare Patrol’s (SMP) latest Scam Bulletin attached for distribution to anyone who is elderly and may fall victim to this scam. We are getting this notice out to all of our home delivered meal recipients.  SMP usually keeps ScamWires focused on health care fraud but this scam is nationwide, spreading quickly, and could have serious consequences for victims.

Get the Scam Bulletin HERE. It is provided by the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).

For more information on the scam see this release by the Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/us/article/president-obama-is-not-offering-to-pay-your-utility-bills-34928

And this article from MSNBC http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/09/12634554-obama-paying-utility-bills-scam-victims-nationwide-think-so?lite

Thank you.