FEBRUARY 21, 2019
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM: SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT: MEDICARE SCAM
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.