Beware of Medicare Scams: South Dakota Benefits Expiration Alert

Attorney General Marty Jackley has issued a warning regarding a notable increase in telephone scams targeting Medicare beneficiaries. 

The Consumer Protection Division has received multiple reports this week from individuals who have fallen victim to these fraudulent calls.

The individuals behind these fraudulent schemes initiate contact with recipients under the false pretense that their Medicare benefits are imminently set to expire. 

Following this deception, they proceed to solicit the recipient’s existing Medicare number, alleging that a connection with a new number is necessary. 

In instances where the recipient displays reluctance or hesitancy in furnishing such information, the scammers resort to intimidation, issuing threats that suggest the termination of the recipient’s Medicare benefits.

Attorney General Jackley expressed concern over scammers employing coercive tactics, intimidating Medicare recipients with the threat of losing their deserved benefits. 

He emphasized that these scammers exploit fear to compel individuals into surrendering valuable personal information.

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AG Jackley: Medicare Avoids Unsolicited Calls for Personal Information

Attorney General Marty Jackley has issued a warning regarding a notable increase in telephone scams targeting Medicare beneficiaries.

Attorney General Jackley underscored the crucial point that Medicare does not engage in unsolicited calls to seek personal or private information. 

As a standard practice, government agencies typically dispatch a written statement through traditional mail as a precursor to initiating any telephone contact. 

This precautionary measure is designed to ensure transparency and protect individuals from potential scams or fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information.

“Calls soliciting health insurance should be treated with skepticism,” cautioned Attorney General Jackley. “Never disclose personal or financial information, and exercise caution if pressured by a caller for such details.”

If you have fallen victim to such a scam and provided your Medicare number, it is advisable to contact Medicare promptly at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to request a new card. 

In case you receive unordered packages containing knee, wrist, or back braces, contact the South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or file a complaint at [email protected].

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