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Assumption Parish Sheriffs Office


Medicare Scam - Thursday, February 21, 2019


DATE:             THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019
TO:                  ALL MEDIA OUTLETS



NAPOLEONVILLE – Over the past days, the Sheriff’s Office has received complaints from elderly citizens of a particular situation involving Medicare cards.

At the beginning of each calendar year Medicare mails out new cards to Medicare recipients and the identification numbers do change. Subsequent to the new cards being mailed out, scammers are contacting Medicare recipients by phone and attempt to confuse them into providing the new number.

Once the new number is provided, the scammers create fraudulent prescriptions and doctor’s orders and submit them to health care equipment providers.  The process triggers supplies such as back and limb braces as well as other medical supplies to be shipped to the Medicare recipient.  Those scammers are then paid by Medicare.

The scam is a billion dollar per year industry and violators are generally based outside of the continental United States.

We urge all residents to disregard those calls and most importantly, do not provide any of your personal information to callers.  If you have any questions, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 369-2912.


For additional information concerning this News Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Public Information Officer, Lonny Cavalier at 985-369-7281.