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Prescription Renewal Scam

A scammer takes your prescription bottle out of the trash. It has your name, phone number, prescription, pharmacy and your doctor’s name. With this information, they call you, and tell you that your prescription is no longer covered by your insurance company but your doctor has said they can send you a new prescription if you give them your credit card. It is not true. Your pharmacy isn’t going to call you to tell you your insurance company is no longer covering a prescription. That information is sent to you by your insurance provider.

The scammer wants you to think you are in danger of not getting your life-saving medication. They are counting on you being afraid and on you believing their lie.

Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Prescription Renewal Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Prescription Renewal Scam Clues
  • Ask before you act.
  • Is it likely that my prescription isn’t covered by my insurance policy any more?
  • Is my prescription up for renewal?
Prescription Renewal Scam Defence
  • Hang up and call your pharmacy using the number on your prescription bottle.
  • Do not put your old prescription bottles in the trash. They have your name, doctor’s name, pharmacy name, the medication name, and the prescription number. Scrub the labels off or return them to the pharmacy.
  • Do not provide any credit card information over the phone.
Now it’s your turn!


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