Scam artists have been around since humans first discovered dishonesty as a tool for greed — and Medicare has been a target of criminals since the program began back in 1965. More than 62 million people currently receive Medicare benefits, which means scammers have an exceptionally large playing field on which to try a plethora of believable-sounding scams. And while many of us consider ourselves to be savvy and cautious, medical scammers somehow continue to find new ways to obtain our Medicare numbers and other personal information. How do they do it? Haven’t we all wised up by now?

The answer is simple, though perhaps not very satisfying. As our knowledge of common Medicare fraud tactics grows, the scammer evolves his strategies to keep up the pace. He must stay one step ahead of us and find new ways to sound credible…

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