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Medicare card scam still making the rounds

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For those who thought the Medicare card scam had become a thing of the past, think again.

Earlier this week, I heard from an Albuquerque woman who said she had received a call from someone claiming to be from Medicare. He wanted her to confirm some personal information in order to get a new Medicare card.

As I reported in my Aug. 11 “Scam of the Week” column, this is an out-and-out scam intended to prey on the elderly amid confusion over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Under a popular version of this scheme, individuals are told their new Medicare card is ready at a cost of $50. In order to expedite the process, all they need to do is disclose their Social Security, credit card or bank-routing numbers.

Of course, that’s the point of this entire “phishing” exercise — to obtain your personal financial information so they can use it to their own advantage.

In this case, the caller told the Albuquerque woman that he needed her to confirm some information before she could get her new Medicare card.

To which she replied, “I am not going to answer any of your questions,” and hung up the phone.

Anyone who receives a similar call should do likewise.

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