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"Scams like this one, which seem to prey on older folks, are terrible," Attorney
While the scam can vary slightly, the end goal is the same. The callers are looking for a person's
"It's important to read over your
Consumers can take a few easy steps to protect themselves and their identities, including:
* Read every statement or letter that comes from your doctor or health insurance provider, even ones that say "this is not a bill." It may be a way to spot charges for treatments you didn't receive or products you didn't order.
* Avoid e-mail or online offers of free testing supplies, which may not be legitimate. Instead, work with your doctor and reputable groups such as the
* If you notice questionable charges on a letter or bill, contact your insurer right away.
* Instead of carrying your health insurance card in your wallet, make a photo copy of it and carry the copy instead. Black out all but the last four digits of your ID number on the copy. Keep your official card in a safe and secure location.
* If you discover your card is missing, notify your provider right away.
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808, or file a complaint online at www.wvago.gov. If you believe you have been the victim of
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