Avoid the New Medicare Card Scam ~ Watch Our New 30-sec PSA

Avoid the New Medicare Card Scam ~ Watch Our New 30-sec PSA

Our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) made a new 30-sec public service announcement that warns people about new Medicare card scams and where to report them. New Medicare cards will start being mailed to beneficiaries in April 2018. The cards will have new identification numbers not linked to Social Security numbers as a way to help prevent fraud and protect people from ID theft.

Yet, as with any new change, scammers like to take advantage of possible confusion. Beware of scammers asking to verify your Medicare number and/or asking for money to mail your new card. Medicare will never call asking for your number; they already have it and the new cards are sent free of charge. 

Please report any suspicious scams to our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080. For more information on new Medicare cards and related scams, see the following blogs and our fraud alert:

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.