PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new Medicare telemarketing scam is said to be targeting South Dakota seniors. October 15th brought the start for the annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare recipients to make changes on their Part D coverage. The date also brought activity from scammers who are targeting seniors across the state. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the most recent scam involves callers posing as a telemarketing company hired by Medicare to contact all South Dakota Medicare recipients to let them know that new Medicare identification cards will be mailed soon. The scammers say they need to verify account information to ensure that “funds will go into the appropriate account”. Jackley says the callers contact the same individuals repeatedly and threaten that if information is not provided, coverage-including prescription drug coverage-will be lost. Jackley says the aggressive scammers try to wear down seniors so they can gain access to personal identifying information. He says people should not provide any information to unsolicited callers. Seniors who have been the recipients of such calls should contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986.
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