We thank the kind folks at Sandwich Council on Aging for providing this public advisory:
Beware of the Medicare “Back Brace Scam”Scammers may pretend to represent insurance or healthcare companies. There is a new twist: calls from "Medicare" claiming to have your new back brace.
How the Scam Works~~You answer the phone, and a “Medicare representative” con (scammer) has as two typical patterns:~~ an offer: the scammer will offer you a back brace through Medicare ~~ or claim that a caregiver previously called about receiving a back brace from Medicare.
If you show interest in the brace, the scammer will start asking for personal information, such as your Social Security number or a Medicare number to access the benefits. Don't fall for these phony claims, even if the calls are persistent! The callers offer no company name and may even hang up on you if you ask for further company information.
For more information about Medicare fraud, check out these resources on Medicare.gov.
To learn more about scams, go to BBB Scam Tips (bbb.org/scamtips). To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker)