(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Diabetic Hoosiers are asked to be on the lookout for a new phone scam.
The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging says diabetic Medicare beneficiaries have been getting calls from somebody claiming to be with Medicare or what sounds like “Med-care.”
The calls, which originate from a Florida phone number (737) 786-9211, sound legitimate because the scammer has the would-be victim’s name, doctor and medical conditions.
Tamra Simpson, program director for Senior Medicare Patrol, says the danger is that the caller asks if the beneficiary has "the red, white and blue card," then for the Medicare number on the card and the maiden name of the patient's parent. In some instances, the caller also solicits the patient's date of birth.
There have been complaints of the calls in every Indiana area code according to the IAAAA. Residents in Aurora and Moores Hill report that they have received calls similar to the scam described.
People who receive a call they believe to be a Medicare scam are asked to report it to Senior Medicare Patrol at (317) 205-9201 or their local area agency on aging at (800) 986-3503.