Just about every day I talk to someone who is about to go on Medicare who has been bombarded with phone calls from people trying to get them to enroll in whichever Medicare plan someone is paying them to sell.
The story is almost always the same.
“Charlie, they call all the time – usually 15 to 20 times per day. I tell them to stop calling and take me off their list but the calls keep coming.
“We have stopped answering our phone”.
I will explain to you why this is happening and why you should never give your phone number to a website that is supposedly offering to help you with Medicare.
Most of the websites about Medicare that you find on the internet are nothing more that “lead collection” websites. These sites make you think they will provide you a quote if you provide your contact information including your phone number, address and email.
Unfortunately, instead of then providing you the information they told you they would provide, they sell your information to 15 to 20 different agents and call centers around they country who usually each pay $15 to $20 for each lead.
Almost from the minute you click “submit” your phone begins to ring repeatedly as each agent who has paid for your information tries to be the first to contact you.
Most of these agents work in call centers so they continually pass your information around to different agents.
By providing your contact information one time, you may literally have as many as 100 of more separate agents trying to call you.
Even worse, many agents will drive to your home and knock on your door uninvited. This is a very intrusive and dangerous practice. When someone knocks on your door saying they want to talk about Medicare you have no idea if they are a legitimate – albeit rude – Medicare agent or someone who was just paroled from the state prison last week.
At MedicareAnswerCenter, we do not ask you to provide your phone number. When we provide you with reports such as 10 Facts You Must Know When Going On Medicare, we only ask for your email address so we can send the report to you along with other information about Medicare, Social Security and Retirement Planning you may find useful.
At any time, you can click “unsubscribe” at the bottom of our emails and you will never hear from us again.
The only time we call you is if you schedule an appointment with us and at that time you will provide your phone number so we can call you at the time you request.
So remember, whenever you go onto the internet to research your Medicare options, that website requesting your phone number is likely not doing so to help you learn about Medicare. They are doing so to be able to sell your information and you will likely pay a big price in terms of hundreds of unwanted calls because you gave them your number.
I would appreciate the chance to help you with your Medicare.
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I look forward to talking with you soon.
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