Letter From Cynthia Furtado

A family member of mine was recently a victim of Medicare fraud and it really reminds me how our treasured elderly can become easy prey. It turns out this scam was being run under the guise of GMY. I’m sure they’ve changed their name by now, but the scam will be the same. The following are great safety steps I learned online that can help to keep them safe. Please share the information!

Do not give out personal information such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar callers.

The government does not call, text or email. Government agencies typically communicate through the mail, so be very skeptical of any unsolicited calls, text messages or emails you receive. Also, if the government is contacting you, they should already have your basic personal information such as your address and Social Security number.

Beware of threats or immediate calls to action. Threats stating that you’ll lose your Medicare and/or Social Security are a red flag. If you have questions regarding your coverage, contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE.