Medicare card scam alert
As you may know, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid are sending out new cards to all Medicare and Medicaid recipients. The old cards included the individual’s Social Security Number and the new cards won’t, which is a way to help protect consumers against identity theft.
Not surprisingly, the scammers are hard at work looking for ways to take advantage of this change!
Scammers’ current Medicare card tricks
Here are the three scams we currently know about. To date, these have been phone calls and the caller poses as a Medicare employee.
- Scam #1: Asks for a credit card number to pay a $25 processing fee for your new card.
- Scam #2: Asks for identifying information—including your Social Security Number—in order to send your new card.
- Scam #3: Tells you there’s money due from Medicare but they need your financial information to credit your account.
How can you protect yourself?
Know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will NOT call you. According to AARP, Medicare officials have emphasized they will never call beneficiaries about their cards or personal account information.1
Guard your personal data. No legitimate organization will initiate a phone call and ask for things like your credit card number, Social Security Number or account information at your financial institution. Always offer to call them back at the institution’s official contact number to share any personal data.
Wait to get your new card in the mail—no action is required by you. Your card will be sent out automatically based on the schedule shown below. You don’t need to do anything but sit tight!
WAVESTATES INCLUDEDCARDS MAILING
Newly Eligible People with MedicareAll - NationwideApril 2018 - ongoing
1Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West VirginiaBeginning May 2018
2Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, OregonBeginning May 2018
3Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, WisconsinAfter June 2018
4Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ner Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, VermontAfter June 2018
5Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South CarolinaAfter June 2018
6Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, WyomingAfter June 2018
7Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin IslandsAfter June 2018
Destroy your old card once your new one arrives. Put your new card in your wallet and safely dispose of your old one.
If you think you’ve been scammed, be sure to report Medicare fraud appropriately.
1 “Risk of Falling for a Medicare Card-Replacement Scam High.” April 10, 2018. AARP website. https://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-2018/medicare-id-cards-survey-fd.html Accessed May 31, 2018