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Watch Out for Diabetes Scams

By May 30, 2012

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Diabetes scams are not a rare occurrence.  They are everywhere.  Unfortunately many of us turn to the internet hoping to find help for diabetes and not everyone is internet savvy, leaving them vulnerable to scams.

A 2009 study revealed that about 45% of the time people give their login information to phishing sites.  These are sites set up to trick you into revealing login credentials.  This study covered a 3-month period and was based on 3 million users.  That is pretty shocking.

People have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to con artists determined to trick them in any way they can.

Recently the federal government has issued warnings about phone calls from people claiming to be from Medicare or respected diabetes organizations and offering free or low-cost supplies.  It seems their goal is to trick you into giving them your Medicare number and social security number.  They can use this information to steal your identity or get medical care in your name.

We need to be on alert and be knowledgeable to protect ourselves from scams.  Take a moment to read this information.  If you know someone who has diabetes and could be vulnerable, please share this information with them.

Diabetes Scams to Avoid


Comments
July 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(1) Robbia says:

Good information! I always enjoy reading this column. Thanks very much for being there for those of use who need it.

July 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm
(2) Nancy says:

love this, as always it is very helpful.

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