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Frauds and Scams

All too often, scam artists find a good target with older adults. One of the main reasons is simply that seniors are more likely than other people to be home during the day to accept calls or visits. According to the FBI, scam artists also target older adults because they often have savings, a good credit rating, and may be reluctant to report a crime for fear their family will consider them unfit to live independently.  The Ohio Department of Insurance reports that seniors attract 30 percent of reported fraud cases and are three times more likely to be swindled.

No one wants seniors to cut themselves off from the world out of fear. But a little skepticism can help protect you. As the slogan goes, you can be "shrewd, but not rude." Here are some tips:

  • Do not let strangers into your home even if they claim to be associated with an agency you are familiar with. Representatives of legitimate organizations -- such as Council on Aging -- will show you proper identification. You should feel free to call the organization to verify your visitor is legitimate.
  • If it`s too good to be true, it probably is. Don`t make a hasty decision because some is pressuring you with a "limited-time offer." Ask for written information and time to think it over. Never accept free medical equipment or services in exchange for your Medicare number.
  • Do not give personal information over the phone, internet, by mail or in person to an unfamiliar company or person, even if you are told it is "just for verification purposes."
  • Pay only for services rendered. Be wary of any requests to send money or bank account information before a service or product is delivered. Examples: paying in advance for home repairs or asking for your credit card number in order to mail you a prize or to verify your identity.
  • Retrieve your mail daily or have a trusted friend or family member get it for you.
  • Destroy unneeded documents, such as financial records, that contain information that could be used to conduct business in your name.
  • Do not allow someone to write checks for you unless you have previously and formally authorized them to do so. If you need help, contact the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio at 513-721-1025.
  • Do not lend money or belongings to someone working for you. If someone runs an errand for you, give only the money needed for the task, get a receipt and count your change.
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Better Business Bureau (BBB)

1 E. 4th Street
Cincinnati , OH  45202
http://www.bbb.org
info@cincinnati.bbb.org
Phone: 513-421-3015
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Butler County,
Warren County,
Clermont County,
Clinton County,
Hamilton County
Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Promotes ethical relationships between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education and service excellence. Provides the public with registered complaints from consumers against different businesses. ... read more
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Hamilton County Coalition to Prevent Frauds, Abuse and Scams

138 E. Court Street
Cincinnati , OH  45202
http://www.hamilton-co.org/fraud/default.asp
kellie.wise@hamilton-co.org
Phone: 513-946-4405
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Hamilton County Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   A county-based resource to helps Hamilton County residents learn how to stop fraud and scams by: Identifying potential fraud or scams Learning how to protect yourself Reporting an instance of fraud should you become a victim Council on... read more
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Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline


 


Phone: 1-800-642-2873
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide,
Statewide
Contracted Provider:
Description:   You are encouraged to report matters involving Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.  To assist you in combating fraud you are being provided with the following guidelines. Before you get in touch with your state Medicaid contact or call the Nationa... read more
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Ohio Attorney General

30 E. Broad Street
Columbus , OH  43215
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/home.aspx/

Phone: 800-282-0515
Phone Extension:
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   By law, the Attorney General is the chief law officer for the state of Ohio. The Office protects Ohio families from predatory financial practices through enforcement authority in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, charitable organizations, ... read more
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Ohio Department of Insurance

50 W. Town Street
Columbus , OH  43215
http://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Phone: 1-800-686-1526
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The mission of the Ohio Department of Insurance is to provide consumer protection through education and fair but vigilant regulation while promoting a stable and competitive environment for insurers. The department publishes several consumer... read more
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Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol Project

7162 Reading Road
Cincinnati , OH  45237
http://www.proseniors.org/
Info@proseniors.org
Phone: (513) 345-4160
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Butler County,
Warren County,
Clermont County,
Statewide,
Clinton County,
Hamilton County
Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Ohio SMP Is Seeking Volunteers Did you know that one out of every seven Medicare dollars goes to fraud, waste and abuse? That Medicare fraud, waste and abuse cost you $13 billion? To help address this national problem, Pro Seniors receives fund... read more
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Social Security Administration

6401 Security Blvd
Baltimore , MD  21235
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/

Phone: 800-772-1213
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. In addition to several provisions for general welfare, the new Act created a social insurance program designed to pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing ... read more
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Stop Medicare Fraud and Abuse

US Department of Health and Human Services
 
http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/

Phone: 800-447-8477
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   Official Web site of US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Justice Department with information about Medicare Fraud, how to prevent it, and how to report it.  
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Take Action

50 W. Town Street
Columbus , OH  43215
http://www.takeaction.ohio.gov
takeaction@insurance.ohio.gov
Phone: (614) 644-2658
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Statewide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   The Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio Department of Commerce and Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray`s office have partnered on an initiative aimed at helping people recognize deceptive sales practices and schemes, preven... read more
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


 
http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/Observances/WEAAD/index.aspx

Phone: N/A
Phone Extension: N/A
Area(s) Served: Nationwide Contracted Provider: Not Applicable
Description:   World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for commun... read more

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