Police issue warning about Medicare phone scams

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Published: Dec. 28, 2022 at 12:02 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Watertown police are warning people against scam phone calls about Medicare.

They say scammers are getting more sophisticated. They pretend to be from Medicare or a legitimate health care provider.

Police say if you hear any of these pitches, it’s a scam:

- Medicare is issuing new cards.

- Your Medicare coverage is about to be canceled.

- You can receive early access to special vaccines.

- You have an appointment for free genetic testing.

- You qualify for free medical supplies.

- You’re eligible for a refund.

- You’re preapproved for a cheaper or better plan.

Police say Medicare will never call directly unless you call them with a request, so any unsolicited calls are a scam.