i know i haven't blogged on here for awhile now but this was important enough to get me off my duff and write about it.
for the past couple of months i have been getting calls from a new jersey phone number. i answered it early on and told them i wasn't interested to please take me off of their calling list. i was assured i would be taken off but since i have been recieving calls (on an average of twice a week) it would appear that i wasn't taken off of the list. i finally decided to answer the phone again and the same woman who i spoke with the first time asked if i was such an such and if i was the same person who has diabetes. i said yes and she told me who she was and what company she was from. none of which i understood and asked her to repeat it again, which she did and again i couldn't understand it. ( she had an east indian accent) but after that i could understand her perfectly so it would appear she really didn't want me to know who she was or what company she was from. she said her company was affiliated with medicare and that they were sending out free updated meters to medicare diabetics. i told her that with all of the scams going around i didn't feel comfortable giving out my id number so i would call medicare and have them send me my free meter. she said that it was a good thing to be cautious of scammers and that she was ligit and that our conversation was being recorded since i answered my phone. (which she never stated at the begining of the converstion and even if she did, just because she says she was recording the conversation it still doesn't mean she's ligit or even that we really were being recorded)she also said she has my password and once i gave her my id number she would give me my password and then i would know for sure she was ligit. huh?? password??? what password?? i have a password??? since when did i have a password and even if i did have a password medicare wouldn't have it, it would be my password and not for them to know it. ok, so by now the little red flags were becoming really big red flags. so let's say for giggles i really had a password. wouldn't it be the other way around and she should give me my password first to prove that this isn't a scam? wierd. so i asked a few more questions and she said now let's get your id number and we can get started on sending you your free meter. i said no i don't think so but have a nice day and hung up. i then walked over to my purse and pulled out my medicare card and called medicare. the woman i talked to on the phone was very nice and assured me i had done the right thing because medicare is not now or ever has been affilitated with anyone sending out free meters. she took down all the info i had gotten out of the woman with my questions and also took the phone number that she had called from (although they will probably never be able to trace the phone number). she said there are only three reason someone can call with an offer such as this and they are
1. i had given written permission for them to call me.
2. i had ordered something from them. or
3. they had sent me something.
if none of these three things had happen they were not suppose to be calling me. she went on to say that medicare has a hugh department dedicated solely to trying to catch those who are trying to scam medicare patients. but scammers are so hard to catch because most people are embarressed to call and give whatever info they can to try to get these people. she asked me to please pass on this information to as many people as i can so that we can prevent someone from getting taken like this. so i decided to pass this on to everyone here and hope all of you can pass on the word to those you know who might not be a part of TuD. she said that when they call they are fishing from the very begining because they really don't know that you or a family member might be a diabetic but that the odds of you or someone in your house having diabetes is usually a sure bet for them. most people think that they must be from medicare if they already know that you have diabetes and will give out their information without a thought. so PLEASE do pass this on to everyone you can think of and maybe we can at least slow these people down or even get them caught.