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Beware: Medicare Scam!

Beware: Medicare Scam!

MEDICARE SCAM

 

Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media. Scammers are opportunistic. First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don’t need to request it or do anything. It will show up.

 

WHAT’S THE SCAM?

 

Somebody from “MEDICARE” will call to tell you that you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account or credit card so they can process your temporary card.

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

 

Medicare will never call you unless you ask them. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. Ditto for anybody saying they “work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to.”

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?

 

First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don’t answer a number you do not recognize. If it has happened to you, your friends or loved ones and personal information had been given out, immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

 

This is the Government website:

https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/your-medicare-card.html