Top Senior Scams ~ Online Skit with the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program

Top Senior Scams ~ Online Skit with the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program

In the video skit below, our partners at the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program take a look at the top scams targeted at seniors based on real experience and testimonials. They cover Social Security scams, romance scams, Medicare hospice scams, grandparent scams, sweepstakes scams, computer tech scams and COVID-19 scams.

Some tips to protect yourself from such scams include:

  • Never give out personal info to someone you don’t know without verifying their legitimacy.
  • Remember that the government will never ask for personal information, like your Social Security number or Medicare number, over the phone or internet.
  • Do not pay money in order to claim a prize.
  • Delete emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Remember that scammers often disguise real phone numbers using fake caller IDs.
  • Don’t make quick decisions out of fear.
  • Report all suspected scams.
Remember, you may be a target but you don’t need to be a victim.

If you come across any suspected scams or fraud, report it to our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080. You can also view our other videos on Medicare fraud here.

Karen Fletcher
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.

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