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During This Year's Open-Enrollment Period, AARP Alabama Warns of an Increase in Medicare-Related Scams


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MEDICARE'S ANNUAL OPEN-ENROLLMENT PERIOD IS UNDERWAY--WHICH MEANS THAT MEDICARE-RELATED SCAMS ARE ON THE RISE.  JAMIE HARDING--OF "A-A-R-P ALABAMA"--EXPLAINS WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR...

(HARDING):
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SCAMMERS ARE CALLING OR EVEN GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR--OFFERING FREE GIFTS OR LIMITED-TIME OFFERS.  OTHERS MIGHT CALL AND CLAIM THAT YOU'RE DUE A REFUND OF PREMIUMS THAT YOU'VE SUPPOSEDLY OVERPAID.  GIVING OUT YOUR MEDICARE-NUMBER OR BANK-INFORMATION ALLOWS THESE IMPOSTERS TO MAKE FRAUDULENT CHARGES WITH YOUR MEDICARE-CARD--OR EVEN TO RAID YOUR BANK-ACCOUNT.  THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE GOVERNMENT-AGENCY THAT RUNS MEDICARE WILL NEVER CALL OR GO DOOR-TO-DOOR; IF IT TRULY NEEDS TO CONTACT YOU, IT WILL ONLY BE BY MAIL."

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HARDING ALSO DESCRIBES HOW PEOPLE CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES...

(HARDING):
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IF YOU NEED HELP, ONLY REQUEST IT FROM AN UNBIASED SOURCE--AND NOT FROM SOMEONE WHO'S TRYING TO SELL YOU SOMETHING.  FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN CALL THE 'ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF SENIOR SERVICES'--AT 1-800-'AGE-LINE'--AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH A COUNSELOR FROM THE 'STATE HEALTH-INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM'.  ALSO, BEWARE OF PUSHY SALESPEOPLE--EVEN IF THEY'RE FROM LEGITIMATE INSURANCE-COMPANIES.  SINCE YOU HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 7TH TO MAKE ANY CHANGES, YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR TIME--AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE GETTING THE COVERAGE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU."

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TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STAYING SAFE FROM FRAUD AND SCAMS, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK".



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