About the scam:

Certain companies have committed fraud by offering people with Medicare orthotic braces that they say are free and covered by Medicare. The scammers call to get personal information or use TV and radio advertisements to get people to call them. In some cases, the scammer sends the person with Medicare a brace, even when it isn’t needed or requested. Then they bill Medicare using the person’s information.

What you should know:

  • If you get a call like this, hang up immediately.
  • If medical equipment that your doctor didn’t order is sent to you, refuse the delivery or return it to the sender. Note the sender’s name and the date you sent it back.
  • Never give out banking information or your Medicare, social security or health plan numbers to someone you don’t know.
  • Call 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) if you suspect Medicare fraud. TTY users call 1-800-377-4950.

For more information about the scam, call the Louisiana Department of Insurance at 1-800-259-5300.