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Consumer Fraud Alert: COVID-19

As the number of people and communities affected by 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 may target older populations.

As a reminder: Protect your Medicare number and only provide it to your doctor and Medicare providers. Be cautious of anyone going door to door to offer free coronavirus testing, supplies or treatments. Don’t fall for scare tactics or time sensitive offers.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to PROTECT you from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and give you a place to REPORT your concerns. To locate your local Senior Medicare Patrol, call 1-877-808-2468 or visit www.smpresource.org.

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