2018-03-14 / Front Page

BBB cautions seniors of back brace scam

It is not uncommon for telemarketers to target senior citizens by pretending to be representatives of Medicare.

The Better Business Bureau has received reports of older consumers receiving anonymous phone calls and cards from Medicare offering back and knee braces.

BBB is alerting elderly and disabled residents and their caregivers to beware of unsolicited phone calls and cards from unscrupulous people looking to bill Medicare and insurance for back braces, neck braces and knee braces.

If you receive a call from “Medicare”:

Medicare already has your name, address and Medicare number.

Scammers will ask you for your personal information.

A licensed physician must prescribe devices such as a back brace before it qualifies for Medicare coverage.

Medicare will not call you offering free medical devices or prescription medicine.

Protect your Medicare information just as you would protect your credit card information.

Report Medicare Fraud to the Office of the Inspector General at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Keep frauds at bay by contacting info@indybbb.org or 1-866-463-9222.

You can also track and report scams by visiting BBB’s Scam Tracker on bbb.org.

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