January 06, 2014 - CLEAR CHOICE DIABETIC SUPPLY SCAM
The Law Enforcement community is recognizing that scams are changing in complexity and severity. Here’s one that is alarming not only to seniors, but to medical and insurance communities as well.
A Nashua senior citizen received a telephone call from an unknown caller who asked her if she had received her “knee braces” yet. She stated that she DID NOT ORDER NOR DID SHE NEED any braces, but the caller proceeded to tell her that “the braces would be coming in the mail soon”.
Sure enough, THEY DID, along with an “assignment of benefits” form requiring her to sign it and return it to “ClearChoice” for the release of any medical information necessary to process and submit claims to her insurance company. (an Identity Theft Scheme in the making!!)
In the meantime, her Doctors Office also received a letter from “ClearChoice” stating that she had received the braces that her doctor had ordered and they were now expecting payment. LUCKILY, the office staff knew that the Doctor had never placed an order for braces that were NOT needed for this patient, and they shredded the letter from “ClearChoice”.
My investigation revealed that there is NO LEGITIMATE MEDICAL SUPPLY company called “ClearChoice”. I discovered other ClearChoice companies, such ClearChoice Dental Implants, ClearChoice Window Replacements, ClearChoice Home Improvement Contractors, and ClearChoice Energy. None of them were medical supply companies.
Please note that any scammer can steal information from legitimate company websites and create fake companies of their own.
If something like this happens to you, ask someone you know and trust to research the company in question. Our citizen in this case did the best thing possible by calling her doctor’s office immediately to report it, and then reporting it to the Police Department.
She was relieved to find out that her physician had discarded the letter they received from ClearChoice. No harm was done. AND, there is a good ending in this case:
SHE GETS TO KEEP THE TWO REALLY NICE KNEE BRACES FREE OF CHARGE!!!!!!!
From the Desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Officer
Nashua Police Department
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