Avoiding Scams & Fraud

Beware of Fraud Schemes Associated with COVID-19 Scams

As awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they often target these more vulnerable populations. Click the link below to learn more.

Coronavirus Scams Fraud Alert

What scams target senior citizens?

  • Identity Theft
  • Health Care and Health Insurance Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Internet Scams
  • Sweepstakes Scams
  • And Many Others

How do I protect myself and loved ones from scammers?

  • Do not wire money to anyone unless you are absolutely sure it is someone you know and trust. Once wired funds are picked up, there is very little law enforcement can do to retrieve the money.
  • Unless you made the contact, do not give out your personal information.
  • Do not send a check, cash, or money order to anyone insisting upfront immediate payment before a service is rendered and never give out your account information.
  • When selling anything online, beware of anyone who wants to overpay and asks you to reimburse the difference.

Health Care Fraud Prevention

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) programs which help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud. Call our ADRC’s SMP for assistance 1-800-432-2080. Click here for more information.

Medical Discount Plans

Discount plans are not health insurance. Click here to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for their online fact sheet.

I need help. Where do I start? Call us. 1-800-432-2080

Need help? Click here to call us. 1-800-432-2080