The National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center: The Center of Service & Information for SMPs
From the Office of Inspector General
Scams for Obtaining Medicare Numbers
Scammers target Medicare beneficiaries to obtain their Medicare, Social Security, and bank account numbers, which they can use for a variety of fraudulent purposes.
The Milk/Grocery Scheme
In this scheme, the promoter of the scam may be offering free milk, groceries, or some other product or service. Regardless of the specific product being offered, any scheme following this general process is referred to as a milk/grocery scheme.
Free Medical Evaluations/Testing
The free medical evaluations/testing scheme is similar to the previous scheme, except that in this case, free medical tests or evaluations are offered.
Telemarketing/Boiler Room Scams
In telemarketer/boiler room scams, the telephone is used to obtain Medicare numbers.
$299, $389, or $399 Scams
In these types of scams, Medicare numbers are not the only goal. The scammers also obtain the beneficiary’s bank account information and use it to take as much money as possible directly from the beneficiary.
Arthritis Kit Scam
In this scam, beneficiaries are told if they suffer from arthritis, diabetes, poor circulation, back aches, swelling, muscle soreness, or hand or ankle inflammation that help is on the way with a Medicare-approved arthritis back kit. It’s free to those with Medicare Part A and B, and beneficiaries even qualify for a special heating pad and heat lamp.
This is not true. There is no such item as a Medicare arthritis kit.
SOURCE: Texas SMP