Seniors are being threatened by scammers claiming to turn off their medication benefits.

Who Is It Targeting: Elderly Americans who qualify for Medicare

What It Is: Scams that target the elderly are nothing new, and sadly, many of them are very threatening in nature. This one is especially horrible as it frightens senior citizens in one of the most unimaginable ways, by claiming that their current health coverage will cease if they do not act now. Much like scams that threaten to shut off their heat or their prescription medication coverage, this type of scam works because the victims will do anything to avoid having this happen.

What They Are After: In this scam, thieves are after money, plain and simple. They first threaten their victims with having their coverage terminated, then make off with the payment once the citizen complies.

How You Can Avoid It:

  • Always go to the source. Whether it’s a phone call, a letter, or an email, always verify the information by reaching out to the legitimate office to get the facts.
  • Do NOT rely on the phone number that is provided to you as this could be part of the scam. Always go directly to the national number.
  • Never make payment to someone who calls you out of the blue, and do not send money to an address without verification.

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. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.