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AG warns of Medicare scam

PIERRE -- Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota seniors to be cautious about fraudulent telemarketing calls targeting Medicare recipients.

Callers are seeking to obtain personal information that could be used to file fraudulent claims, commit identity theft or gain access to financial accounts.

The Consumer Protection Division and the South Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) have received complaints from seniors that have been receiving unsolicited calls from various sources claiming to be a diabetic supply company offering free diabetic supplies or a Medicare-approved back or leg brace. Scam artists offer a number of free devices or services in exchange for the consumer's Medicare number. Medicare does not make unsolicited calls.

For more information, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or or contact SMP at 1-800-822-8804.