Monday, August 31, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


Videofound in eagle creek with a collar no tags. very friendly non aggressive. call if he is yours 210-844-1951. clean and healthy

VideoStill missing long hair chihuahua. Near 3rd and 97 please if you see her she is very missed. Call jeri 409-781-3191
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Warning: While most advertisers are reputable, some are not. Unfortunately the Wilson County News cannot guarantee the products or services of those who buy advertising space in our pages. We urge our readers to use great care, and when in doubt, contact the San Antonio Better Business Bureau, 210-828-9441, BEFORE spending money. If you feel you have been the victim of fraud, contact the Consumer Protection Office of the Attorney General in Austin, 512-463-2070.
Experienced dog groomer needed at Floresville area dog grooming and boarding business. Apply by calling, 210-621-4602.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Scam Central


Scammers Target Elderly During Medicare Open Enrollment




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
October 24, 2012 | 1,705 views | Post a comment

For Medicare beneficiaries, October 15 to December 7 provides them the opportunity to change their Medicare Part D plans and their Medicare Advantage Plans, but it also provides scam artists an opportunity to take advantage of the elderly.

Representing themselves as government officials, these thieves contact seniors by phone, email, or by coming to their doors, asking questions about their health insurance or offering them new cards to replace their current card. They trick you on the phone by using numbers that appear on the caller ID to be a local call or from somewhere in the United States, but in reality they use fake numbers to disguise that they are located overseas.

Why do they want this personal information? These crooks might be collecting Medicare numbers that will be used to commit Medicare fraud or Medical Identity Theft. “Once a scam artist has someone’s Medicare number, they will pass it around,” states Barbara McGinity, Texas Senior Medicare Patrol Project Director. “It is really important that you do not give out your Medicare number to strangers; protect it as you would your social security number.”

But they might be fishing for your bank account number. They trick people into giving out this info by asking for information on direct deposit of your social security check. Once they have your banking information, they can steal money out of your account in just a few hours.

If someone comes to your door to discuss health care reform, do not let them into your house and immediately contact your local police. If anyone calls you on the phone asking for personal information, hang up. Being rude is the best way to protect yourself. If you have given out banking information, contact your bank immediately to help close your account.

If you have questions about any phone calls you have received about your Medicare, you can contact the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-888-341-6187 or 713-341-6184. A nationwide program, the Senior Medicare Patrol works to educate seniors about Medicare fraud and abuse and is credited with saving taxpayers more than $100 million since 1997.
* * * * *
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?
Scam Central side bar header
Drama KidsVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch homeauto chooserAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.