Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti spend much of our time working for victims of negligent and abusive nursing home treatment. Many seniors in nursing homes struggle every day because the care provided leaves them open to sickness, injury, and attack.
However, those seniors who remain out of nursing homes and living on their own have other vulnerabilities which are often exploited by the unscrupulous. WISTV reported on a new senior scam that is targeted at the elderly involving health care. Making decisions about Medicare coverage is an inherently tricky but important process for all seniors. Unfortunately it now also involves the risk of falling victim to a scam related to that coverage.
Reports are coming in involving scammers who are contacting elderly Americans and pretending to be Medicare employees. The callers are then asking the senior for personal and financial information related to the Medicare Part “D” prescription drug plan. When that information is given out, the scam artist can then use it to exploit the victim’s finances.
One state official explains that, “There are going to be people that give out information and have their identities used in a very inappropriate way and lose financial means over it.”
It is imperative for all seniors and their friends and family to remain on the lookout for this and similar scams. Senior vulnerabilities make them prime targets for all those who would steep low enough to steal and scheme against them. Unfortunately, there will always be a group of individuals primed to do just that. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys have been involved in many cases involving individuals who time and again prey on our elderly friends and family. Be sure to protect your loved ones today.
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