Fraud Alert: There Is No Santa Claus!

Last week I began helping a senior who received an unrequested prescription in the mail and a bill! How did the mail order pharmacy obtain his information? It is unclear. Several hours of phone calls have gone into putting fraud alerts on his prescription drug insurance account, Medicare account, his local pharmacy and his doctor’s office. The Attorney General and Better Business Bureau will also be contacted this week. An investigation by his prescription drug insurance company was also started. It may take a while to get the medicine returned, the bill cleared and this company “straightened out”.

Rules to remember:

  • There is no Santa Claus! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Protect your information. You do not have to share it with anyone.
  • Get it in writing. Always get every detail in writing.
  • Trust your instincts. You made it through life this far. Trust the instincts that got you here.
  • Ask trusted advisers. Care managers are a great resource to ask questions concerning a number of different topics.

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” I will throw something back for this gentleman. It is ridiculous  that people scam others, but even more shameful to scam a senior.