Let’s Review Tips to Avoid Phone Scams!

Let’s Review Tips to Avoid Phone Scams!

Phone scams are ongoing and, like a virus, are always morphing. Yet, even with the constant change, below are some easy tips from the Senior Source newsletter (a publication from Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging) to help you and your loved ones avoid being victims of fraud and to help stop fraud.

Remember that con artists:

  • Force you to make decisions fast and my threaten you.
  • Disguise their real numbers, using fake caller-IDs.
  • Sometimes pretend to be the government (i.e. the IRS)
  • Pressure you not to contact your friends or family.
  • Try to get you to provide your personal information, like your Medicare number or other account numbers.
  • Try to get you to give your credit card or other bank account information.

If you receive any such suspicious calls, hang up and report it to our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080. See our Fraud & Abuse section for more info on Medicare fraud.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.