Scammers Weekly: Remember, nothing really comes for free

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Southside Daily has partnered with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check southsidedaily.com and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s scam.

The free Medicare device scam

One tell-tale sign that should make every consumer suspicious is when something is offered “for free.”

These free offer scams are often associated with Medicare.

The program spends around $6 billion a year on medical devices, and a market this big draws scammers, according to AARP.

In a medical equipment scam, someone reaches out with an offer of a “free” brace, wheelchair or other device.

All they need is your Medicare number.

Once they have it, scammers can use it to bill the government for devices and services that aren’t needed, according to the AARP.

Medicare fraud results in higher deductibles and copays for Medicare beneficiaries, and can even put affected patients at risk.

Be suspicious of “unsolicited free offers” and never give out your Medicare number to anyone who isn’t a trusted health care provider.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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