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Beneficiaries beware of fraudulent scams during the holidays

BREMERTON, Wash. - The phone rang yesterday afternoon in the home of an elderly military veteran. The caller stated they were from TRICARE pharmacy and needed to confirm his personal information.

Which unfortunately he did.

TRICARE beneficiaries - regardless of where health care is received and what pharmacy is used - need to be aware of a telephone scam affecting beneficiaries, especially preying on those over 65 and on Medicare.

A caller will usually identify themselves as being an official TRICARE Pharmacy "representative." The caller may have specific information that makes the call seem official, typically your address, phone numbers and doctor's name. The caller is hoping this will convince you they are legitimate so that you will give them personal information, such as your social security number and additional personal information.

If you receive a call like this, DO NOT provide or share any of your personal identifiable information, such as birth date, social security number or banking information.

TRICARE does not ask beneficiaries for this type of information. Nor does Naval Hospital Bremerton.

For more information, please contact: http://www.health.mil/Fraud or use the Defense Health Agency Fraud and Abuse Submission form at: http://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Access-Cost-Quality-and-Safety/Quality-And-Safety-of-Healthcare/Program-Integrity/Fraud-and-Abuse-Report-Submission-Form

Editor’s Note: TRICARE beneficiaries can also report scams and submit complaints by calling their TRICARE regional office at the following numbers: North Region: 1-877-TRICARE (1-877-874-2273) South Region: 1-800-444-5445 West Region: 1-877-988-WEST (1-877-988-9378)

By Douglas Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Originally published by DVIDS, December 2, 2015