Identity thieves target Texas seniors enrolled in Medicare

Identity thieves posing as employees of the federal Medicare program are targeting Texas seniors, according to state officials.

The attorney generals office has received several recent complaints from Medicare recipients who have received calls from the impostors, though its unclear how many were in the Dallas area.

The callers tell victims that the programs current identification cards are being phased out and ask for sensitive information so that a new card can be issued and they can continue receiving benefits. They typically ask for bank account information and Medicare numbers, which are identical to Social Security numbers.

The attorney generals office advises Medicare recipients to refuse to provide any personal information to unsolicited callers, and to just hang up the phone when in doubt.

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