November 13, 2001 at 6:33 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 12:40 AM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General and Department of Insurance are warning Ohioans to watch out for so-called "Mediscare" scams.
Approximately 14,000 Ohio residents are looking for new Medicare coverage. State officials say that a group of crooked insurance agents are trying to take advantage of these people by posing as Medicare representatives.
The state is offering a few guidelines to avoid these scams. Here are a few of them:
Residents should be wary of any visitor who comes to the door saying that they represent Medicare because Medicare doesn't sent representatives to people's homes.
Don't give your Medicare insurance number to anyone except your doctor or other health-care provider.
Medicare doesn't sell benefits door-to-door or through telemarketing.
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