Medicare fraud and scam updates

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4/29/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams

Our Alaska Medicare Information Office has received reports from Medicare beneficiaries who received scam calls related to the $1,200 coronavirus economic impact payments. Read how to protect yourself.

6/4/19 Fraud Alert: GENETIC TESTING SCAM.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Be Aware of ongoing scams graphic.

SCAM ADVISORY: Pink postcards and telephone calls for a "free" back brace have been reported.

Heads up, Alaskans! If you suspect fraud, contact Alaska's SMP (health fraud prevention) program in Alaska's Medicare Information Office,, 907-269-3680 in Anchorage or 800-478-6065 toll–free within Alaska. Scam prevention info from the NY SMP here.

3/3/17 FRAUD ADVISORY: Inspector General warns public about calls form OIG "imposters"

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a nationwide telephone “imposter phishing” scheme. The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General have received several reports from citizens across the country about persons receiving phone calls from individuals posing as OIG investigators. The caller indicates an issue exists pertaining to the person’s Social Security account or Social Security number and directs the person call a non-SSA telephone number to address the issue.

This type of phishing scheme could lead to identity theft or Social Security benefit theft. Therefore, the Acting IG warns citizens to avoid providing personal information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.

See the full advisory at the OIG website.


View this flyer to learn how you can protect yourself from tax scams.

3/29/16 Fraud advisory!

Inspector General warns public about "Disability Services" phone calls.

Scam alert!

A previous airing TV commercial proclaimed that if you have Medicare Part A & B, you are eligible for Vision, Dental, and Prescription Drug plans because of Medicare Healthcare Reform. Here is a flyer with more information you can print and post.

Scam alert!

Scammers are calling Medicare beneficiaries and telling them they need a new Medicare card. They ask for people’s Medicare numbers and banking information. They may have some already, which makes them sound convincing. DO NOT GIVE THIS INFO! Medicare will NEVER call you or stop by and ask for your personal information. Here is a flyer with more information you can print and post.

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