People going door-to-door raise suspicions

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THE VILLAGE, Okla. – Veteran Aubrey Nash’s healthcare is through the military’s insurance, Tricare.

Four years ago when he had a major heart attack, Tricare and Medicare covered all of his medical bills, so he has no need for more insurance. 

Thursday, he and his husband, Ray, also a veteran, were home relaxing.

“And, the doorbell rang,” he said. “I went to the door and was greeted by two young women.”

There is surveillance video of the two women.

Ray answered the door and said the woman who did most of the talking asked for Aubrey by name and said she was there to talk to him about Medicare.  

Ray said he told them Aubrey is a military retiree.

The woman replied, saying “That is fantastic. I’m also former military.”

Who knows if she’s telling the truth or what her intentions are, but Ray said at one point she tried talking her way into his home so she could supposedly look at Aubrey’s medications. 

“At that point, I became very suspicious of them and pointed out to them that I thought what they were doing was a little disreputable and asked them to leave,” Ray said.

Village Police Deputy Chief Russ Landon said letting a stranger into your home is a bad idea.

“More red flags these people are desperate to get in, desperate to sell you something you may not need,” he said. “I wouldn’t answer the door to anyone, even two women you’re not sure who they are.”

At the very least, it appears the women violated Medicare rules, because sales people are prohibited from making cold calls, going door-to-door trying to sell someone Medicare insurance.

Right now, it’s open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries, and there are scammers out there who will try to prey on seniors.

“The point is, even when told their services are unnecessary, they persist trying to gain access to your home and gain access to personal medical information,” Ray said.

The In Your Corner bottom line:

  • If someone shows up at your door unannounced and you don’t know who they are, demand to see their ID.
  • A solicitor’s permit is also required in most cities.

Ray said the women told him they got Aubrey’s name and information from an online list of Medicare recipients.

While it is illegal for medical or insurance providers to release that information, it is super easy for someone to go online and buy a list of Medicare insurance leads.

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