Bryan Cohen Jan. 23, 2013, 8:43pm

AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills warned Medicare recipients Tuesday about recent reports of calls from individuals who falsely claim to represent Medicare.

Mills' office has received reports from Maine Medicare recipients who received phone calls purporting to be from Medicare. The callers claim that Medicare is issuing a new Medicare card and ask for personal information from the consumer, such as Medicare number, name of financial institution, and financial routing and account numbers.

"Mainers can protect themselves by never giving any personal information to anyone over the phone," Mills said.

Medicare recipients who provided the information to the callers are advised to review their Medicare statements carefully during the next year. Consumers should contact 1-800-MEDICARE immediately if any questionable charges appear on their statements. Consumers should also notify their financial institution if the account number is compromised.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said that Medicare beneficiaries are the most important link in determining Medicare fraud. The CMS suggested that recipients review their Medicare summary notices and make sure they understand all of the items listed.

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