Medicare Scam Alert

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One Grand Valley woman almost falls victim to a Medicare scam, and now she's sharing her story so the same thing doesn't happen to you.

One local elderly Grand Junction woman who lives alone was moments away from falling victim to medical identity theft.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous,  said, "He was with Medicare and he needed to update my information."

She received a phone call insisting she give out her personal information.

"He started trying to catch me up, he had my phone number, he tried to tell me my email address which was incorrect, by a small measure, but it was incorrect."

And it wasn't until the caller began getting personal that she realized she was about to be scammed.

"Then he started calling me sweetie, honey, he started trying to endure himself to me and I knew that's not what they do."

Immediately she hung up the phone, something millions don't do when they receive a phone call like this. According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, 2.3 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2014.

"If you give someone your social security number, you have given them keys to your bank account, you have given them keys to everything."

It's because of this that our local woman wants to make her voice heard so many others can avoid being victims of medical identity theft.  

"So I don't want people, who are elderly like I am, more confused than I am, getting taken up on this, giving out their information."

If you want to find out how you can protect yourself from Medicare identity theft, you can visit medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/identity-theft/identity-theft.html


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