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Scamers preying on Medicaid clients

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OLYMPIA, Wash.--  The Department of Social and Health services is warning of a scam preying on Medicaid clients.

Last month, clients received new permanent, plastic cards.  Now, more than half a dozen people in Washington have answered calls asking for money and financial information, claiming it's in exchange for or to activate their new card. 

DSHS says the card has no personal information or social security number on it and such a call should raise red flags.   Jim Stevenson, Communications Director for Medicaid, says, "No one would be calling you out of the blue to offer you a Medicaid services card.   That would be the first thing; and the second thing: when the conversation turns to money, you should realize, right away, that is not a legitimate call."

Stevenson says the cases have been forwarded to the Attorney General in hopes of finding and prosecuting the scammers making these calls.