Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Warns Kentucky Seniors about Medicare Scam
Attorney General Jack Conway today cautioned Kentucky senior citizens about fraudulent phone calls asking them for personal information so that new Medicare cards may be issued to the consumers. The caller claims to represent Medicare or the Social Security office and asks the consumer to verify or provide information, such as a Medicare number. The calls are being received here in Kentucky and other states.
Calls reported so far to the Attorney General have originated from 866-234-2255. When investigators dialed the number, they reached a recording that states that the number is being spoofed by "Medicare scammers" and that calls should be reported to the Attorney General or the Federal Communications Commission.
General Conway reminds all consumers to be cautious when speaking to unknown individuals on the telephone, and to never give out any personal information over the phone: including date of birth, Medicare or Social Security number, policy numbers, credit card numbers or bank account information.
"If you receive one of these calls, hang up the phone immediately," General Conway cautioned. "Medicare or Social Security employees will not contact you via phone requesting this type of information. If you have any questions about the status of your Medicare of Social Security benefits, you can contact the agencies directly."
People wishing to report these calls may contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division toll free at 1-866-877-7867 or by filing a complaint at www.ag.ky.gov.