Scam of the Month (March 2016): Pain Cream Calls

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Scam of the Month—March 2016
Pain Cream Calls

Seniors have been contacted by companies offering “free samples” of pain cream.  These companies gather the seniors’ insurance information and bill the member’s insurance for the pain creams.  Pain creams are typically compound medications, and if any of the ingredients of the compound medication is not covered under Part D, the entire claim will be denied.  Most of the time, these pain creams are NOT covered under the senior’s Part D prescription drug plan, so the seniors are billed for the full amount of the pain cream and this can amount to thousands of dollars.

In addition the scammers now have the senior’s insurance and other personal information.

Source:  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

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