AARP Article: Government Impostor Scams on the Rise

5 frauds to know and tips to stay safe from the scammers

by Amy Nofziger

Say what you will about Washington politics, but older Americans generally still trust many of the federal government’s agencies and operations. Unfortunately, crooks know this. The AARP Fraud Watch Network has been inundated with calls this year about scams involving someone impersonating an IRS agent, Medicare official, Social Security Administration officer, FBI agent or other government worker. Here are some of the impostor frauds we’ve heard about.

1. Medicare malice

A 90-year-old Maine resident received a call from someone claiming to be a Medicare official. The impostor said that Medicare was sending out new plastic cards to protect beneficiaries from the spread of COVID-19. The caller needed to confirm his Medicare number to make…

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