GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Election season is a prime time for scammers.
The Better Business Bureau sent out a nationwide alert about a phony referendum notice enticing senior citizens to donate to a fake cause. The mailers have been circulating around the country.
Susan Bach of Appleton’s Better Business Bureau says they haven’t received any notices of these mailers in Wisconsin, but the BBB wants to give citizens a heads up.
“It’s a scam to not only get your money, but also your personal information for identity theft,” Bach said. “And really, there is no such referendum. There’s no such thing as a national referendum. All referendums are local, so that’s why we know that this is a scam.”
Another alert for seniors: Consumer experts warn Medicare open enrollment could be a prime time for scammers. The open enrollment period is Oct. 15- Dec. 7.
“People may call you and say, ‘I need to reimburse you for some medical expenses. This is your Medicare provider calling, give me your bank account and we’ll send that directly to your account, or give me your social security number or Medicare number because I want to reprint some cards for you,'” Bach says. “Those are all typical scams we see during this time period.”
AARP says each year, Americans lose $60 billion to Medicare fraud.
TIPS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU:
- Don’t give your Medicare ID or personal information to someone unless you initiate the contact.
- Carefully review your Medicare summary notice and flag any changes you do not recognize.
- Always protect your Medicare and Social Security number.
- If you have questions call your provider.