As more than a half-million seniors and disabled people in the county are about to receive new Medicare cards, the District Attorney’s office issued a warning Monday to remind them to be on guard for fraud.
Roughly 5.7 million people in the state will receive the new cards, which will no longer have the recipient’s social security number on them, but rather an 11-digit alphanumeric identifier. The benefits are not changing.
County prosecutors warn that con artists are known to take advantage of changes in government programs, including when new cards are introduced.
Among the protection tips from prosecutors:
- Keep the new Medicare card in a safe place
- When your new Medicare card arrives, keep it in a safe place and guard it like a credit card,
- Don’t share or confirm your Medicare number or Social Security number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email, or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
- Medicare will never contact you (unless you ask them to) to obtain your Medicare number or other personal information or to send you a new card.
- Con artists may reach out and try to get your new 11-digit Medicare identifier so they can steal your identity and commit fraud — don’t give it to them.
- There is no charge for your new card, so don’t pay anyone to send it to you.
- Call 1-800-633-4227 (800-MEDICARE) to report suspected fraud.
To learn more protecting yourself from identity theft and Medicare fraud, go to medicare.gov/fraud.
Source: on 2018-05-14 20:11:15
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