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Warning about Fake Pain Management Program

December 28, 2016

A number of Vermonters have told Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) that they have gotten phone calls from people offering a special pain management and opioid prescription program. The callers claim to be working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). They ask the consumer to give them personal information to see if they qualify for the program.

In some cases, the caller ID has displayed the name “Margarita Man.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is not affiliated with any such pain management or opioid drug program and did not authorize these calls.

DFR reminds people to never give out personal information unless you are absolutely certain you are speaking to a trusted source. If you are unsure in any way, call your insurance company directly at the number on your insurance card.

If you think you’ve received a suspicious call, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at 802-656-3183. For more information, call BCBSVT at 802-247-2583 or DFR’s Insurance Division at 802-828-3301.