Nov 26, 2019
The open enrollment period for changing Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription plans ends December 7. While Medicare-related fraud is a year-round concern, Medicare recipients should be especially alert for fraudsters during open enrollment, when scammers use the increased public attention about Medicare choices as an opportunity to strike. Take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft or Medicare fraud by guarding your Medicare number — and other personal information. Shop and compare plans to ensure you are getting the plan that best meets your needs, and don’t fall for high-pressure sales pitches.
Nov 18, 2019
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today urged residents to know the signs of fraud during Utility Scam Awareness Week, November 17-23.
“Raising awareness and educating customers about scams is one of my top priorities,” Nessel said. “Utility Scam Awareness Week is a great opportunity to help spread awareness about suspicious behaviors and the tactics scammers use to target utility customers.”
Nov 15, 2019
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the federal agency that administers the Crime Victims Fund, has received multiple reports that its name is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.
Be alert for calls from anyone representing themselves as an OVC employee or being from the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” The OVC has no such unit.
Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don’t assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. To report suspected abuse in the community, contact Adult Protective Services (APS). If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff.
24/7 APS Hotline
Muskegon County APS Office
Ottawa County APS Office
Oceana County APS Office
To report suspected abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility, call 1-800-882-6006
STATE ELDER LOCATOR
275 W. Clay Ave., Suite 100
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The SafeSeniors collaborative works to identify, advocate, and seek justice for adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation within the Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana counties of Michigan.
You can report any known or possible abuse at any time by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-444-3911.
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