Don’t Get Reeled-in by Medicare Phishing Scheme

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December 14, 2007 LITTLE ROCK More than 400,000 Arkansans are enrolled in Medicare, and recently, the Attorney General's Office has received numerous complaints about a phishing scheme targeting these beneficiaries. While this scam is not new, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to warn consumers about its recurrence. Phishing is an attempt to deceptively acquire sensitive information for the purposes of committing fraud, and often times, con artists use trusted names to try and fool consumers into turning over information. In this particular scheme, scam artists call Medicare beneficiaries, purporting to be representatives from the Social Security Administration or from a non-existent company named Unique Medical Services." The scammer then tells the beneficiary that he or she is eligible to receive a new Medicare Card but she must turn over information