Sep. 23—Scammers and high pressure sales tactics often appear as Medicare open enrollment season nears.
Every year open enrollment runs
But there are rules to what sales tactics that insurance agents can use. And scammers sometimes pose as officials to solicit personal information.
Medicare recipients in recent years received new identification cards, said
"Most of the fraudsters don't have that number yet so we'd like to keep it that way. Don't give out your social security number, bank account information, any private information. Especially if someone reached out to you," Reeg said.
Ohioans should be on alert for fake Medicare communications seeking personal information or money in exchange for any of the following: to help with enrollment, to schedule health services, to sign up for a Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare health plan coverage, and to provide a new Medicare card.
How to protect yourself: — Never give personal information, including Medicare,
If you feel an insurance agent is using high-pressure, fraudulent, or dishonest sales practices, contact the department's Fraud and Enforcement Division at 800-686-1527.
"If somebody calls you and they're getting belligerent that you won't give them your private information, hang up and report," Reeg said.
Trained government workers not affiliated with any insurance company are available at 800-686-1578 to answer Medicare questions.
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