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Back brace scams target people on Medicare

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Scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a scheme to get “free or low-cost” back and knee braces. They’re calling, running television ads, and mailing letters to get people to give their Medicare information. But if you give them your information, they’ll use it to fraudulently bill Medicare for braces or other medical equipment. This uses up your medical benefits, which means you might not be able to get the right brace later, if your doctor prescribes one.

If you or someone you know is covered by Medicare, please share these ideas on how to avoid these scams:

  • If someone calls and says they’re from Medicare and offers you a “free” or “low cost” brace, hang up right away. No one from Medicare will call you with such an offer. It’s a scam.
  • Never give your Medicare or other personal information over the phone to anyone who calls asking for it.
  • If you suspect someone is using your Medicare information, check your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you (and Medicare) are only being charged for services you really got.
  • If you need a brace or another type of medical equipment or prescription, talk to your doctor. Sellers on the phone don’t know what you need — and you may need nothing.
  • Don’t accept medical equipment you get in the mail — unless you or your doctor ordered it. If it comes to your door and you didn’t order it, you can keep it as a gift. You don’t have to pay for things you didn’t order.
  • Find out more about Medicare fraud by visiting CMS.gov or calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). Also, read the FTC’s article on medical identity theft.

If you’ve seen or heard about this or other scams, report it to the FTC online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Comments

if I get a suspicious voice mail (usually 800... type prefix) indicating fraud using my SS#, hang up!!. Then I call back the same # and get no response. FRAUD

I have been getting so many of these calls claiming that my doctor has ordered a brace for me when I know that he hasn't so I blocked their numbers but still continued getting calls so I bought a big , loud whistle and blew it over the phone at the forioner and he got the message. No more calls !

What a brilliant idea! I actually have the earmuffs to wear while blowing it, but I don't have the energy to fuss with these guys, so I just hang up. That's made them all stop (knock on wood!) except this one about braces, which claims to be "Nancy" and has been calling 5 or 6 times a day for weeks.

this phone number 306 988 5659

But what happens when you really do get the brace in the mail..and medicare pays for it like it should.
Is it a scam then too? Because it happened.
I guess the only scam is not choosing a doctor to do it.oops.

I always get the scam calls recently. They will ask me something about my information about medical care or hearing. Also , some of scammers are know my name and my children names. I’m really concern about that how did they get this information? Does it means my personal medical information got theft and hacked? The following numbers are some of the scammers that I know. I hope can help a bit for everyone to notice the scam calls.
626-499-5644/
626–499-5373/
626-499-6558/
626-412-4891/
626-412-2949/
626-607-7595/
626-607-3664/
626-607-2919

My parents have been getting at least 3 dozen calls a week from
"medicare offing to send her a back brace for free. I just got her to under its a scam. Only a Dr can write a RX for any type of brace if your private insurance or Medicare is going to pay. the name of the guy calling stating he is with Medicare is...
MORGAN LAVORN
323-920-6904

My caller id records indicate these scammers are calling several times a day. I usually don't answer my land line, but have often enough to hear part of these scammers' recording and press my "block call" button. They come from local numbers (no doubt spoofed) and seem to have so many that even blocking them hasn't stopped the calls. I like the whistle idea, but how does that work when the call is a recording?

They just targeted my elderly mother with dimenthia and I don't know what to do. I don't know how much information she really gave them she said she didn't give them any but she may just not remember?

I kept them on the line for ten minutes while they tried to get info from me without success. Then I told them my aches and pains had all gone away and I was feeling pretty good about wasting ten minutes of their time so they could not scam anyone else. They hung rather quickly. :)

Just had a call from 'Senior Medical ' offering free braces. I asked them where their office was and they said in my Town. I wanted their address,but they wouldn't give it to me. I told them to take me off their list which I also requested a few days ago. They hung up and I called them back,but their number is not in service. Their number was 248-429-5832 I am so very tired of these scams!

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