Talk about abusive marketing!


You've probably noticed all the recent warnings in the media about diabetes scams (we ran it as a brief and I know my local newspaper mentioned it). The OIG issued a fraud alert warning people with diabetes about phone calls that offer free supplies.

Here's another way to know that the person calling you isn't legit: when he starts swearing at you. I picked up this tidbit online from some local police blotter:

A resident reported March 23 that a man continually calls him to sell diabetic medical supplies. The caller has been told by the resident to stop calling, and the caller then used profanity and made a threat of bodily harm. An officer checked the numbers and found them to be out of New Jersey and that they have been disconnected. The resident was advised to have his phone provider block the numbers or change his phone number.

I guess the pressure to "make a sale" is intense even in the scam world.

Theresa Flaherty



It's scams like this that make people not trust anyone who calls them about real issues regarding healthcare like competitive bidding