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Ask Andy: Medicare scam

By Andy Wise - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - To a scammer, Medicare rebate checks are like gold.

"It's nine medications I take a day," said Medicare recipient Audrey Brown.

Those nine medications cost Brown about $100 a bottle each month.  It adds up quickly, so it's a good thing relief is here for seniors like Brown.

"I cannot afford to pay for all of those," Brown said.

She is one of thousands of elderly patients who spend more than $940 on prescriptions each year.

The federal government sent out rebate checks worth $250, a result of the Federal Health Care Reform Act.  Now, some seniors are getting a call from someone who wants that check.

The Office on Aging warned seniors to be alert for scam artists.  Thieves are using the rebates to steal personal information.

If you get a call, never give out personal information on the phone to someone you do not know.  If you think you are a victim, call the attorney general's office at 1-800-282-0515.

Checks will be mailed about 45 days after applicants qualify to the address that is registered with social security.

"Sit back and wait for your $250 rebate check to come," Brown said.  "Hang up on anyone inquiring about your social security."

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