May 4, 201211:21 AMDaily Biz Briefs
Medicaid program warns clients about bogus sweepstakes offer
The Washington State Medicaid program is warning its clients and providers that a Seattle woman received a bogus sweepstakes offer supposedly linked to her Medicaid coverage.
The client said a telephone caller told her she had won cash and a new car in “a Medicaid sweepstakes” and that the car would be delivered to her if she paid the sweepstakes company $450 to cover delivery costs.
She reported the scam to Medicaid instead. Her information was quickly turned over to the Attorney General’s Office, and she was instructed to notify local police. Phone numbers she was given were for a New York state firm, but a spokesmen denied they were offering any kind of offer for Medicaid clients.
Doug Porter, Director of the Health Care Authority, which includes the state’s Medicaid program, said there is no Medicaid sweepstakes, and anyone who hears this kind of pitch should call their local police immediately and then call this hot line, 1-800-562-3022.
A spokesman for the Attorney General called the scam a “very typical advance fee fraud.”
Consumer warnings and alerts across the state are posted regularly on the Attorney General’s web site. Citizens can reach the Consumer Resource Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 1-800-551-4636, and they can file complaints online.