To my readers: All of AARP's Fraud Watch posts are terrific and I suggest that you sign up for the updates. That being said, occasionally I feel the need to make certain that as many of my own followers as possible see a posting so I pass it on. This is one of those times. Please read this for your own protection or that of your loved one:
Special Alert: Medicare Card Changes Means Opportunities for Scams
Congress passed a law in 2015 that requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards, which they will start doing in April 2018. New beneficiaries will get the modernized cards first, and then new cards will be issued to existing beneficiaries. This is an important change to help prevent fraud and protect people’s identity, but with any new change, scammers are taking advantage of potential confusion.
What You Should Know:
- Medicare beneficiaries are getting calls claiming to be from Medicare asking for payment to receive their new Medicare card, or asking them to verify their Medicare number.
- Medicare will NEVER call to verify your number because they already have it.
- There is no cost to get your new card.
What You Should Do:
- If you get a call like this, hang up immediately and report it to Senior Medicare Patrol. Find the number to call for your state at www.smpresource.org.
- Warn others on the Fraud Watch Network Scam-tracking map.
- When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon! Please share this alert with friends and family! You have the power to protect yourselves and your loved ones from scams.
Fraud Watch Network