For Immediate Release
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MADIGAN WARNS MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES OF REQUESTS FOR PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today warned Medicare beneficiaries in Illinois that seniors in some states have reported receiving telephone calls from highly aggressive individuals who claim to represent Medicare. Seniors report that these callers tell them that their Medicare account has been cancelled, the card lost and benefits terminated. Callers then instruct the seniors to immediately provide personal information including their Social Security number, bank account number, insurance information and date of birth.
"These are fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information that could be used to financially exploit Medicare beneficiaries in various ways," Madigan said.
Madigan reminded Medicare beneficiaries not to divulge personal financial information over the phone to unsolicited callers. When seniors receive these calls, the best thing to do is simply hang up the phone.
To help avoid these scams, Madigan recommends the following steps: