State and federal officials warn state Medicare beneficiaries about diabetes scam

State and federal officials are warning Virginia residents about a telemarketing scam targeting Medicare recipients with diabetes.

The Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Program -- which is funded by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- said the scheme involves someone pretending to be from the government, a diabetes association or Medicare and offering free diabetes supplies.

The supplies have included glucose meters, diabetic testing strips or lancets, according to a Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Program news release. The caller may also offer other medical supplies, such as heating pads, lift seats, foot orthotics or joint braces, in exchange for the beneficiaries' Medicare or financial information. There are some people who have received those items in the mail, which they did not order.

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