The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 29, 2012

Tricksters impersonate you with docs

By Joanne Arbogast
The Daily Item

SUNBURY — With health care, there can be misuse of the medical card and hence, health-care fraud is becoming increasingly commonplace. In fact, according to the National Association of Triads — a partnership of law enforcement, older adults and community groups that promotes senior safety — it is one of the top six scams involving seniors.

One type of fraud may go like this: A scammer finds out someone is diabetic and calls the person, claiming their supplies are going to be sent through the mail and asks for the person’s Medicare card number. Once they have that information, they may try to obtain free treatment, assuming the older person’s identity.

Everyone is a potential target of a scam but seniors are particularly vulnerable.

Health care fraud, identity theft, financial exploitation and lots of other scam information are explored in a free “Senior Fraud Protection Kit” provided by Home Instead Senior Care. The kit also includes checklists and tips for helping keep seniors from falling victim to scammers.

For a free copy of the Senior Fraud Protection Kit, visit the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 130 Buffalo Road, Suite 105, Lewisburg, or call 522-6533 to have one mailed to you.