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Scammers targeting at-risk seniors; here is what you need to know

In dark times, humans often attempt to profit. Scammers feast on fear and uncertainty.

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) out of Des Moines are making the public aware of several scams and frauds floating around the internet. Many in which are targeting at-risk seniors with long-term medical issues – those commonly known to be at higher risk to COVID-19.

According to The Greene Recorder, here are a list of said scams:

  1. Social Security Benefits and Suspension Scam – Social Security beneficiaries are receiving letters telling them that their benefits will be halted or suspended unless the recipient calls a number listed inside the envelope. These calls have the beneficiaries providing unnecessary information to scammers. Or even, giving them money. The Social Security Administration will not be cutting off payments due to COVID-19 – ignore these calls.

2. Iowa Total Care Meal Scam – Iowa Total Care members are getting text messages encouraging recipients to click a link to receive two free meals per day. This is a scam, delete the message.

3. CMS Providing Test Kits Scare – People under Medicare are getting calls where the caller is telling them they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 test kit. They will ask to drop it off at their house. This is a scam, hang up the phone.

To report suspicious fraudulent activity, call 1-800-351-4664 to talk to the Senior Medicare Patrol.


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