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DHS alerts aging community of Medicare scams

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The Georgia Department of Human Services is alerting seniors about potential Medicare scams.

Elder abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes.

Scammers may offer bogus products or services, pretend to be federal officials or insurance company representatives or even set up fake health screenings to steal Medicare numbers.

Recipients should check their Medicare summary notices to make sure there is no unusual activity.

And seniors need to make sure they guard their personal information such as social security, Medicare and credit card numbers.

"Do not use your debit cards on the Internet, I would strongly urge no one to use their debit cards on the Internet. It can be very dangerous and they can access all of your bank accounts if the wrong people get a whole of your debit card numbers," said Capt. Craig Dodd.

Common scams include Medicare Arthritis Kits that don't really exist and offers to help the elderly apply for Medicare issued checks.

If you have a question about whether something is a scam, don't hesitate to call law officers.

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