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Stop Prescription Drug Scams

Protect Your Personal Information & Report ComplaintsPrescription Bottle


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


1-800-942-7830

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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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