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In Your Corner: Medicare card scam

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Con men are targeting elderly Oklahomans for their personal and financial information.

We’ve seen it time and again, phone calling cons posing as an employee with Medicare.

Sean Voskuhl is a consumer advocate and state director for AARP. He says scam artists will often times use news headlines, like the health care law, to defraud the public.

He said, “Unfortunately it’s that time of year open enrollment starts for Medicare from October 15th through December 7th.”

Listen up! Medicare is not currently issuing new Medicare cards and will never contact you by phone wanting to verify personal information, like your Medicare number or social security number.

“No one from Medicare will call you about a new Medicare card or any changes,” Voskuhl said. “It’s got to be self-initiated.”

Education is your best protection.

Be skeptical and if you suspect someone is trying to scam you, hang up and call your insurance provider or plan immediately.

We suggest reporting all Medicare fraud complaints to the Oklahoma Insurance Department and Oklahoma’s Attorney General