Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida HELPLINE: 866-413-5337
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Four Signs That It’s a Scam

Protect yourself from fraud by learning how to identify scams. Here are four tactics scammers use:

  1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know.
  2. Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE.
  3. Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately.
  4. Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way.

If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact your local SHIP-SMP program by calling the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337. Remember, your local SHIP program is known as SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) in the state of Florida.

For more on the subject, visit How to Avoid a Scam (Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice).


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