THE MILK/GROCERY SCHEME
In these types of scams, Medicare numbers are not the only goal. The scammers also obtain the beneficiary’s bank account information and use it to take as much money as possible directly from the beneficiary.
- Telemarketers/individuals identify themselves as a prescription drug plan.
- Caller offers a prescription drug plan that will provide a year’s supply of prescription drugs for one payment of $299, $389, or $399.
- The beneficiary is told payment can only be made by automatic withdrawal. The beneficiary is asked for his/her Medicare and/or Medicaid and bank account numbers so the plan can start the first of the month.
- The money is withdrawn with no prescription drugs delivered or the bank account is cleaned out.