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Va. warns of Medicare call scam

Friday - 1/18/2013, 3:53am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are warning consumers about a scam in which callers seek personal identity information from Medicare participants.

The state Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services says a recent spate of call have been reported in which consumers are pressured into giving out Medicare and Social Security numbers, or bank account and private insurance information.

The callers fraudulently claim to represent the federal government or private insurers and threaten to terminate coverage or cut off Social Security checks if beneficiaries refuse to cooperate.

Department for Aging Commissioner Jim Rothrock says scammers try to take advantage of older residents during the Medicare enrollment period. But he says Medicare will never call them to ask for personal information.

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