The City received notice from the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) that Medicare beneficiaries are starting to receive robocalls about “special virus kits.” The scammer asks the person for his or her Medicare number so they can send them a “free” test.
If you receive this type of call, hang up immediately and do not provide them with any information! It’s a scam to get your private personal information.
Remember to follow these tips to protect yourself:
SHIBA is Washington state’s Senior Medicare Patrol project. They can help clients prevent, detect and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. If you have questions or suspect fraud or abuse, contact SHIBA online or call 1-800-562-6900 and ask to speak with SHIBA.
The OIC’s Tumwater and Seattle offices are closed to visitors and most of the employees are teleworking in order to protect each other and the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
OIC is still there to help consumers with insurance questions. The best way to reach them is online.