Is your mailbox or email brimming these days with information from various Medicare plans? If so, you've probably already guessed it's the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), and Medicare plans are busy competing for your attention. Unfortunately, crooks are also busy during this time, coming up with healthcare scams to take advantage of seniors.
So how do you protect yourself from these scams? Often the safest action during this time of year is no action!
As a member of SCAN, you DON'T need to do anything to stay a member of SCAN.
If someone claiming to be from SCAN or another company calls on you, saying you need to sign paperwork to renew your membership with SCAN, think twice. Unless you're changing from one SCAN plan to another, there is no need to "renew" each year.
Or, someone might show up to help you sign up for a new benefit offered by Medicare. Before you give any personal information to a stranger, do some research. If they're legitimate, they won't mind you asking questions. They should give you the full name of the business they represent and their contact information so you can get in touch with them if and when you're ready. Pressure to "sign now" is usually a bad sign.
We're sorry to say that scammers target seniors at all times of year, not just during AEP. We've listed some of the most common scams on our website, along with tips to help you avoid being a victim of fraud--and what to do if you are. Learn more at: