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$299/$379 Scam

With the advent of Medicare Part D (also known as the Medicare prescription drug program), anti-fraud agencies have received a growing number of complaints concerning what has become known as the "$299 Ring." In this scam, an individual claiming to be associated with Medicare will call your home and offer to help enroll you in a prescription drug plan for a "small fee," generally $299 or $379. The caller may then ask for personal information, such as your Social Security, bank account or credit card number. If you receive such a call, do not give out any information and do not send any money. Instead, tell the caller not to contact you again and hang up the phone. Remember, legitimate Medicare representatives are not permitted to ask you for any personal information if they initiate the call and cannot solicit or take payment information over the phone.