Medicare is in the process of mailing new Medicare cards with a non-Social Security number. The new card is Medicare’s attempt to make seniors less vulnerable to fraud by eliminating the recipient’s Social Security number. Unfortunately, the change has ignited some new scams, specifically targeting seniors.
Know These 3 Facts:
- There is no fee or process to activate your new Medicare card. Scam artists may call, saying you have to pay a fee for your new Medicare number to be activated.
- Medicare will never call seniors uninvited, asking for you to verify personal information. If you get a call asking for any personal information or to share your new number, or if they state that your identity has been stolen and you must provide your social security number to confirm your identity, HANG UP immediately.
- There are no outstanding balances or refunds on the old Medicare cards. If you get a call saying you need to provide your bank account information to process return of funds, HANG UP immediately.
If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits, hang up andcall 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
6 more things to remember:
- Make sure Medicare has your correct address.
- Go to the Medicare website and sign up for an email that will alert you when your card is in the mail.
- Visit the Medicare Fraud page which details information on how to avoid getting scammed.
- Be patient! Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend or neighbor.
- Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
- Call Beacon Associates at 419-482-0280 if you have any additional concerns or questions.