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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 19, 2008

Contact:

Cathy Stadem (907) 269-7867, cell (907) 351-2778 catherine.stadem@alaska.gov

Susan Morgan (907) 269-4996, cell (907) 632-6107 susan.morgan@alaska.gov

Fraud alert: telephone scam of Medicaid recipient

(Anchorage, AK) — A telephone scam of an Anchorage Medicaid recipient occurred Thursday, Sept. 18, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The department has alerted the Department of Law’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the FBI. A man with what sounded to the senior like a foreign accent called and identified himself as “from Alaska Medicaid.” He told her the call was being recorded and asked for:

  • Medicaid ID number Last four numbers of her SSN Name of her bank, account number and routing number
  • Property ownership and whether or not she is the sole owner
  • Told her she would need to pay $300 to “cover all future Medicaid co-pays”

The senior believed the caller to be legitimate and gave the bank information. A relative of the senior has since contacted the bank to have the account closed.

The Department of Health and Social Services has no reason to ask for this kind of personal information by telephone.

Alaskans should always be cautious about revealing any personal information to strangers.