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AARP Wyoming, July 29, 2010
Scam artists have already hit the streets, airwaves and phone lines trying to take advantage of confusion about what the new health care law means. As AARP frequently cautions all 50+Americans including its members, criminals use the news headlines as inspiration for clever sales pitches that defraud the public and pad their own pockets.
Here in Wyoming, AARP works closely with several state and non-profit agencies to protect you and your loved ones from health care and financial fraud and identity theft. We also can connect you to national resources to help you fight back.
Law enforcement officials have already spotted and stopped three scams. One television commercial urged people to call a toll-free number to sign up for new government insurance during the “limited enrollment period.” Other scammers, claiming they were with the government, went door-to-door trying to sell fake insurance. A state attorney general reported that telemarketers were seeking personal information so they could send a new Medicare card required by the new law. Another scam to watch out for is promising to help collect – for a fee – the $250 rebate for Medicare Part D recipients who fall into the prescription drug coverage gap.
Each of these pitches is a fraud. But scam artists are slick, so it is hard to predict all the ways they will try to twist the new law for their own profit.
What you should do:
There is a lot packed into the new health care law and AARP will continue to be here for d for all Americans including our members, educating them on what the new law means for them.
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