Police warn of Medicaid fraud in Mass.
MILLBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police say thieves are targeting the elderly on Medicaid by calling them asking for their bank information, threatening their Medicaid benefits will be terminated with they don’t comply.
“I'm a little bit angry because I work so hard at not being scammed, and here I am -- scammed,” said Terry Brady, a victim.
Terry Brady lost $447.34 and police say it's all thanks to a phone call.
“They're calling elderly people, letting them know that they're Medicaid representatives that their medical insurance is going to be canceled, they need to re-up their information to get their cards. And they don't know the difference,” said Officer Andrea Warpula, Millbury Police Department.
The people behind the call then use a preprinted check with the line "No Signature Required" to withdraw the cash.
Millbury police say at least two people have already fallen victim there, but others have reported similar incidents nationwide.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the health care reform that's going on. People think ‘maybe this is legitimate, maybe I do need to give my information,’” said Officer Warpula.
The 83-year-old Brady says she only noticed it last Friday after she was low on cash and checked her account.
“That could have gone through, and I'd never know. It's a good thing I work on such a tight budget because I noticed. I don't know how this happened to me. I'm still upset about it,” Brady said.
Brady got her money back thanks to her bank.
Police say the best way to protect yourself is not to give out any personal information over the phone.