DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Anthony M. Matulewicz III, District Attorney
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COURTHOUSE
201 MARKET STREET SUNBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 17801
PH# 570-988-4134 | FAX 570-988-4135
Date: 27 September 2021
To: All Media Outlets
Re: Scam related to Medicare
- District Attorney Tony Matulewicz warns all residents to be aware of an increasing number of scams related to Medicare.
- According to the Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging, one their clients received a telephone call from a scammer pretending to be from Medicare. The caller advised the resident that her Medicare number was being cancelled and said a new card would be issued with the correct number. (The Area Agency on Aging states that open enrollment for Medicare begins next month so this scam may occur with more frequency).
- The resident was asked to provide the caller with her current Medicare number for verification purposes, and once confirmed, a new laminated card would be issued to her.
- At some after the phone call, the resident was contacted by a local pharmacy who wanted to confirm an opioid prescription in her name. The resident was unaware of any such prescription and declined it. She then called Medicare and reported that her account had been compromised.
- If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from Medicare or any other agency, hang up and call a known published number for the agency you intend to contact.
- Remember, the use of caller ID “spoofing” allows a scammer to display any phone number in your caller ID in order to lend credibility to the scam.