Register for the “Do Not Call” listby Denise Early on May. 10, 2012, under Health
I heard a story this week about a lady in her 80′s who received a phone call from Medicare – well, the caller said he was from Medicare. The caller was very pleasant and said he needed to update this senior’s Medicare information. The conversation went on for a minute or so, and then the caller asked for the lady’s bank account information. The lady immediately knew this was a scam and told the caller, “I made be old, but I’m not out of it!”.
Everyone with a phone is a target for telephone scams as well as annoying telemarketing calls. The best way to avoid unwanted calls is to register your number on the federal “Do Not Call” list. You can do this by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. You can also sign up for the “Do Not Call” list online at donotcall.gov.
Register your cell phone.
Cell phone users will soon be getting many more telemarketing calls because cell phone numbers are going public this month (according to an email I received from a friend today – which prompted me to write about this topic). Cell phone users get charged for incoming calls, so not being on the “Do Not Call” list could get expensive.
Medicare does not call people to “update their record”.
If you get a call to “update your record”, you should assume it is a scam. The same rules apply to emails asking you to update your credit card or bank account info. I just got one of these emails yesterday, supposedly from Chase, saying my account would be frozen unless I clicked on a link and provided info.
People turning 65, and those over 65, are sure to get unsolicited phone calls about Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans – unless they are on the “Do Not Call” list.
Medicare says agents, brokers, and telemarketers cannot call people to talk about Medicare Advantage. But, they can call about Medicare supplements. And of course, the conversation might just happen to shift to the more lucrative Medicare Advantage option – and then an appointment will be requested.
To avoid all these annoying phone calls, register your home phone and your cell phone for the “Do Not Call” list. I just registered my cell phone today.
The federal “Do Not Call” list phone number: 1-888-382-1222
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.