FTC Consumer Alert
By Bridget Small
June 12, 2022

 

Last year, the FTC got almost a million reports about impersonation scammers — fake government agents, pretend grandkids, bogus sweethearts, and others who took almost $2.3 billion from people across the country. So far this year, impersonation scams are still the most-reported fraud.

Scammers keep changing their stories to catch you off-guard. Some scams even ask you for your Medicare number. If anyone surprises you with a call, email, text, or message on social media and asks for money or personal information — no matter what story they tell — it’s most likely a scam.

During Medicare Fraud Prevention Week this week, learn about protecting your number from health care fraud. Then, take steps to keep impersonators away from your money and valuable information:

Reduce unwanted calls and email

  • Use call blocking technology or devices that stop unwanted calls — like scams calls and illegal robocalls — before they reach you.

Keep information private

  • Don’t click links or open attachments in email and text messages, even if they seem to come from Medicare or a company you know. They could be messages phishing for your account numbers, passwords, or other information.

Protect your money

If you suspect a scam, tell the FTC: ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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