Preventing Medicare fraud and scams

DALY CITY, Calif. — San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa has a message for senior citizens: Beware of Medicare fraud.

“Medicare fraud is rampant. It costs Americans billions and billions of dollars,” Canepa said.

To combat fraud and identity theft, changes are soon coming to Medicare, including new cards with no social security numbers.

Canepa warns, however, that during this transition, fraud artists could execute new schemes to take advantage of seniors.

“But in the interim, there’s a lot of predators out there, and what are predators doing? They pick on people.”

For many of these seniors, the change is good news.

“We want greater privacy and we want transparency,” said JoAnne Jacobs, Medicare User.

Jacobs says she’ll also be cautious of potential scams.

“It’s very easy to be scammed, and you just have to be careful.”


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