Scams targeting older adults are endless, primarily because they keep working. The newest version of an ongoing scam is one where an “official” with Medicare is calling because Medicare is sending out new cards and he needs to verify some information. Of course the information he is looking for is your banking information.
Seniors need to realize that: 1) Medicare will NEVER call you on the phone; and 2) Medicare nor Social Security do not need your banking information, but the crooks do so they can steal your money.
Even the most knowledgeable seniors can fall prey to this scam. The callers are convincing.
They often have some of your banking information to make themselves sound legit. Then they use a little information to get more out of you.
What can you do? First is to never answer your phone! Use your answering machine to screen all your calls.
If you do get a call, report it to the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-888-341-6187.