The issue is rising as the federal government prepares to launch its much-awaited Medicare drug discount. Starting in May, qualifying seniors can buy a card giving them ten- to 25 percent discounts on drugs.
The cards aren't out yet, but con artists are.
Eleven different states are reporting cases where someone calls or knocks on doors at seniors' homes, saying they are enrolling people in the new program.
The person behind the scam then asks for personal information, like Social Security, credit card, or banking numbers.
So how can people make sure they're not being had? For one, the real Medicare program will enroll people only by mail.
The cards will cost $30 a year.