FTC shuts down telemarketers who falsely claimed to be Medicare representatives

government actionOf all the scams out there, the ones that probably make my blood boil the most are those that target seniors. At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court recently shut down an operation by telemarketers that falsely claimed to be part of Medicare.

The defendants allegedly tricked seniors into giving up banking and other information and took millions from their bank accounts without providing any type of service.

According to an FTC complaint, the defendants called consumers said they were providing a new Medicare card or information about Medicare benefits. They allegedly misrepresented that they were part of Medicare and convinced the victims to provide personal information.

The defendants allegedly told victims the new Medicaid card was free and their accounts would not be charged. However, they allegedly debited the victims’ bank accounts either $399 or $448 using remotely created checks.

The FTC charged the defendants with violating the FTC Act and the FTC Telemarketing Sales Rule. Defendants are Sun Bright Ventures LLC, Citadel ID Pro LLC, and Benjamin Todd Workman. Trident Consulting Partners LLC and Glenn Erickson were named as relief defendants who profited from the scheme.