Medical scams involve offering free devices and fake health care deals. Scam telemarketing companies target people to steal money or to perpetrate medical identity theft. The scam artists make millions of phone calls and robo calls daily, according to the Better Business Bureau.
Telemarketers tell seniors they qualify for a free medical alert device. The scammers collect $35 a month, but they provide no equipment, according to the Better Business Bureau. Some scammers pretend to be Affordable Care Act representatives and attempt to collect financial information and Social Security numbers.
Medical identity thieves use fraudulently obtained health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare information to file false claims. They collect payments for medical care that does not happen, according to AARP.