State Issues Fraud Alert to Senior Citizens

Pamela Cunningham
Pamela Cunningham

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Last year, Hawaii ranked 11th among the states for identity theft in people 50 years of age and older. So Friday, officials with the state's Executive Office on Aging talked to senior citizens about protecting their personal information.

It was a packed house at the Lanakila Senior Center.

The state says the elderly have been receiving phone calls from people requesting their Medicare and social security numbers.

"Under the marketing rules for Medicare Part D is that they can actually call people at home. And so, you know, they may be calling talking about products," Pamela Cunningham, Executive Office on Aging, said. "But they should not be calling and asking for Medicare number or any private information, bank accounts, anything like that."

With open enrollment for Medicare Part D underway, officials say seniors are particularly vulnerable at this time.