Auburn Warns Seniors About Storm-Related Scam

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Auburn is warning seniors about a Social Security scam linked to Hurricane Sandy.
Auburn is warning seniors about a Social Security scam linked to Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn residents are being alerted by town officials to a potentially devastating Social Security scam that has come out of Hurricane Sandy.

A caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will contact a senior citizen and say SSA computers were damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

The caller tries to get a spouse’s Social Security number and tells the senior that if he/she does not provide their spouse’s number, their Social Security benefits will stop.

The town of Auburn wants to remind citizens that:

  • Social Security Administration and Medicare employees will never make an unsolicited call, for any reason, to ask for banking or credit card information, or for a Social Security or Medicare number.
  • Medicare cards do not cost anything – they are free. The Social Security Administration sends out a Medicare card when an individual first becomes eligible for Medicare. A new Medicare card may also be issued due to a change in Part A or B eligibility, a legal name change or a lost card.
  • For helpful information on identifying and avoiding Medicare fraud, visit www.StopMedicareFraud.gov.
  • If you suspect Medicare fraud, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
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