Let’s face it, “Minnesota nice” makes us perfect targets for scams. But with a little care, we can out-smart the scammers. Rachel Von Ruden, Senior LinkAge Line® Outreach Specialist at MAAA tells us how in this KARE11 video:
Rachel offers 6 tips for how you can protect yourself and your family members:
- Guard your Medicare number. Remember, Medicare does not call or visit to sell you anything. If Medicare needs to contact you, they will mail you a letter.
- Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Don’t give out name, date of birth, passwords, credit card information, or other personal information.
- If someone is pressuring you, slow down and think it through. If a caller creates a sense of urgency or uses high-pressure tactics it is probably a scam artist.
- Don’t respond to computer pop-ups claiming that a virus or other malware has been detected on your computer.
- Don’t fall for someone impersonating a family member asking for help. Hang up and call the family member at a number you know and trust to confirm that they are OK.
- Call Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 if you have questions or concerns.