Guard Your Medicare Number From Fraud

Guard Your Medicare Number From Fraud

Guard your Medicare number!

Scammers may use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare Number or personal information. Don’t fall for it; it’s a scam. 

It’s important to always guard your Medicare Number and check your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) for errors. Only give your Medicare Number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, Medicare will never call you to verify your Medicare Number.

Protect yourself from Medicare fraud.

Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card.

Remember:

  • Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
  • Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.
  • You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare Number. Don’t do it.
  • Medicare will never visit you at your home.
  • Medicare can’t enroll you over the phone unless you called first.

Visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more information on protecting yourself from fraud and reporting suspected fraud, and watch the short video below.

Source: This message is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was created and distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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