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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:05 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The state Department of Health and Social Services is warning about a possible phone scam targeting Medicare and Medicaid recipients. A posting on the department’s Facebook page on Aug. 15 stated the department had received a report of a recipient being called and told that a new Medicare-Medicaid card needed to be issued to her but that she needed to provide her banking information to receive the new card. The woman hung up on the caller.

The department’s notice warned that Medicare and Medicaid officials “will never call someone and ask for their bank account number, Social Security number or other personal information.”

Scams can be reported to the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud & Assistance, (877) 957-3500 (ask for the Office of Elder Fraud), or 334-5989 in Anchorage, or Alaska’s Medicare Information Office (800) 478-6065.

Contact the newsroom at newsroom@newsminer.com or 459-7572.

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