It might seem like a beneficial phone call, suggesting you a medical device or a DNA test but all he is interested in knowing is your Medicare number.
This could be a plan to deceive you or Medicare. They will later charge Medicare for sending you a device or for assisting you to get an unnecessary test.
In 2007, it was observed that frauds like these cost system $52 billion, hence resulting in a price increase.
The caller could gain an approach to your bank account as well as take your medical identity through the information you provided.
As mentioned by Christina Tetreault, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports, deception is common but to deceive older adults is even more common.
Some technically lawful charges can feel like a fraud as well for example when you have to pay for services you thought your insurance would cover.
Learning about health scams and rip-offs in advance can help you avoid them. Here’s what you should know about a few common cons.
You can protect yourself from such scams if you are aware of it beforehand. Listed below is a list of what you should know about a few common bluffs:
The first one is Medical Equipment bluff: If someone out of nowhere calls you to tell that your doctor has suggested a device and asks your insurance number don’t get trapped because your doctor would rather recommend you directly.
The second one is unexpected bills: People who have private insurance might receive bills from out-of-network doctors and labs after they have visited a hospital. This may be from out-of-network doctors who come to check in emergency labs. The hospital usually keeps patients under “observation” status instead of classifying them as inpatients. This results in extra charges being piled up.