Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have issued a public warning for people with diabetes who receive Medicare benefits. Criminals are targeting diabetic patients, promising them “free” medical supplies and products, in an attempt to obtain private Medicare and financial information. Health authorities warn that these phone calls are a scam.
Anyone who receives this type of a call should do the following, according to the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- Do not provide your Medicare number or other personal information. Although callers may claim their medical supplies are “free,” they are still billing Medicare. Remind others that you know not to provide strangers any personal Medicare information.
- Report the call to the government’s hotline: 1-800 HHS TIPS or online at www.OIG.HHS.gov/fraud/hotline. Make sure to provide the name of the company that contacted you, their phone number and address.
- Do not accept items that you did not order. Refuse delivery or return them to sender. Keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you sent the items back. This will help the OIG stop any future illegal billing.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Inspector General
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