HHS OIG Medical Identity Theft Whiteboard

Meet Dave, who took his two teenagers to visit
their Grandmother, Susan. While watching T.V., an ad came on for free
medical equipment, no out of pocket costs. Dave was excited, but Susan knew better. She had friends who fell for this scam. They gave out their Medicare number and ended
up with equipment they didn’t need. Worse, the criminals charged thousands of
dollars in false bills to Medicare. Here’s another trick. Sometimes there are free health screenings
at grocery stores, health fairs, the mall, and people may even approach you in parking
lots. You may get a quick test, but thieves get
something more valuable: your Social Security and Medicare numbers. They can charge for unnecessary equipment
and services, and you can later be denied medical services. Remember No One from Medicare will ever call
to ask you for your Social Security or Medicare Number over the phone. Just hang up! Treat these numbers like credit cards. Protect yourself from fraud. Make sure to carefully check your medical
bills and Medicare Summary Notices. Be on the lookout for equipment, medications
or services that you never received; incorrect dates, duplicate billing or anything that
seems suspicious. First, call your health care provider, it
may be a simple mistake. If the situation is not resolved, call the
Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-808-2468. If you suspect any type of fraud, contact
The Office of Inspector General’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800 HHS TIPS. You can also go to the website oig.hhs.gov/fraud/hotline

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