NEW YORK, Ny., (CBS) — Authorities are warning about a scam targeting seniors. The scammers prey on people concerned about their health and Medicare coverage.
But it’s a scam, according to the AARP. The fake calls have hit more than 60 million Americans. “These are sophisticated criminals,” says Kathy Stokes, the director of fraud prevention programs at AARP. “In this process, the caller is asking for your Medicare number.”
Seniors across the country are receiving robocalls that claim to be from Medicare. Some calls are from people claiming to be “patient advocates,” giving warnings like: “If you do not act soon, then Medicare may label you as ineligible for coverage.”
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Scam artists may sell that Medicare number to other criminals or use it to file fraudulent claims.
The Federal Trade Commission says scammers are often trying to collect personal information. They’ll…