How to Avoid Medicare Open Enrollment Scams

Scammers are jumping on the Medicare open enrollment bandwagon along with fraudsters sending bogus bills for COVID-19 tests. Here’s how to avoid them all.

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With the annual Medicare open enrollment period comes a new wave of scammers looking to take advantage of beneficiaries. With under two weeks left in the period, it's important to not get scammed as you're putting your choices together.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a list of what to look out for and how best to avoid falling victim to these Medicare scams. You probably began seeing ads about plans when you were preparing for Medicare open enrollment on your TV and phone as well as through mail and email. But don’t forget, the FTC cautions, scammers follow the news, too.

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Joey Solitro

Joey Solitro is a freelance financial journalist at Kiplinger with more than a decade of experience. A longtime equity analyst, Joey has covered a range of industries for media outlets including The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Market Realist, and TipRanks. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.