Stop Prescription Drug Scams
Protect Your Personal Information & Report Complaints
Con artists and fake companies are taking advantage of the Medicare prescription drug benefit to steal your information and money…….
How Do They Do It?
- Call and offer to sign you up for a $389 prescription drug plan (or similar amount).
- Offer to help you find free or low-cost prescription drug programs for a fee – often asking for $5-10 per medication or a fee of $100 or more.
- Pretend they are from Medicare, Social Security, the American Medical Association or some other governmental or healthcare organization.
- Offer to sell your prescription drugs or ask to use your Medicare benefit to buy another person’s drugs.
- Offer bribes to pharmacies, doctors or other health care professionals to change your prescription or to prescribe drugs you don’t need.
- Prescription shorting – the pharmacy gives you fewer pills than prescribed, but charges you for the full amount.
How Can You Avoid These Scams?
- Hang up the phone immediately or ask for the caller’s name and number and say you’lcall back, if you’re interested. Sometimes it’s shrewd to be rude.
- Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 or www.donotcall.gov
- Count your pills when you receive them at the pharmacy or in the mail.
- Information on free and low-cost prescription drug programs is available at no charge.Ask your pharmacist or physician for information or check out websites like www.pparx.org (1-889-477-2669), www.benefitscheckup.org or http://www.needymeds.org/.
- No one can come into your home uninvited. Just say, “No.”
- Call the police, if you feel threatened or in danger.
- For questions regarding Medicare, contact the Ne Program (SHIIP) at 1-800-234-7119 or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or www.medicare.gov/
- If something doesn’t feel or smell right, don't buy it. Trust you instincts
Funding support, in part, by the US Administration on Aging
SMP is a project of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Nebraska Health & Human Service System
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