Discount Prescription Scam
The high cost of healthcare means scammers can lure you in with promises of inexpensive prescriptions.
Who Is It Targeting: Pharmacy patients
What Is It: Phishing scam that steals your financial information
What Are They After: In this scam, callers reach out to consumers with offers of high-dollar prescription drugs for a tiny fraction of their cost. You’re told you qualified for this special program for being a pharmacy customer, or because it’s being offered in your community as a test market, or any other plausible reason. Once the caller has your financial information—presumably to bill you for your lower-cost name brand prescriptions—they use it to pile up thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges.
How Can You Avoid It:
- If there is a legitimate prescription drug savings plan, you will be informed about it through genuine means and required to sign up.
- Drug companies and pharmacies do not cold call the public, hoping to sell inexpensive prescription drugs.
- Never give out your financial information or your personal data to someone who contacts you.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.
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