Robocalls are becoming an increasingly common issue, especially in relation to Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that over half of all robocalls are related to scams. With the rise of this fraudulent activity, it’s essential for those enrolled in these programs to be aware of potential risks associated with robocallers.
Protecting Yourself from Robocallers
Business Insider details some key steps to take in order to protect yourself from these potentially shady callers. Firstly, if you receive an unexpected robocall regarding your Medicare or Medicaid information, it’s important not to provide any personal details and hang up immediately.
It’s also important to be aware of the number that is calling you, as scammers have been known to spoof legitimate numbers. If you receive a call and are unsure if it’s associated with Medicare or Medicaid, you can always contact the official agency directly with any inquiries.
There are even ways to limit or stop robocalls completely, such as using caller ID services or signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry. By making sure that your number is blocked from potential scams, you can not only protect yourself from fraud but also reduce the amount of unwanted calls that you receive on a daily basis.
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