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If someone calls, emails, or texts demanding your Medicare card number it's a scam.

Last year, the FTC got almost a million reports about impersonation scammers — fake government agents, pretend grandkids, bogus sweethearts, and others who took almost $2.3 billion from people across the country. So far this year, impersonation scams are still the most-reported fraud.

Scammers keep changing their stories to catch you off-guard. Some scams even ask you for your Medicare number. If anyone surprises you with a call, email, text, or message on social media and asks for money or personal information — no matter what story they tell — it’s most likely a scam.

During Medicare Fraud Prevention Week this week, learn about protecting your number from health care fraud. Then, take steps to keep impersonators away from your money and valuable information:

Reduce unwanted calls and email

  • Use call blocking technology or devices that stop unwanted calls — like scams calls and illegal robocalls — before they reach you.

Keep information private

  • Medicare won’t call or text to ask you for money. Even if your Caller ID says it's Medicare, it could be faked. Don’t share personal or financial information with anyone who calls, emails, or texts saying they are from a government agency.
  • Don’t click links or open attachments in email and text messages, even if they seem to come from Medicare or a company you know. They could be messages phishing for your account numbers, passwords, or other information.

Protect your money

If you suspect a scam, tell the FTC: ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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Richard Chandler
June 06, 2022

Thank you for this information. I already knew this and am posting it on my Facebook Page.

Ted Yusen
June 08, 2022

Print and post this in buildings where Seniors live. Thanks!

Linda Hall
June 08, 2022

I got a letter from Medicare saying my Medicare ID had been compromised and they were sending me a new Medicare card which I have received. Is that legitimate?

Bill Chestnut
June 08, 2022

I've been getting calls from a call center that wants me to give them my Medicare number, and for a fee,will send me a metal card that "won't wear out".

I asked how they got my information - they know my age, and then they hang up.

This may or may not be a scam, but I am not taking any chances. To me, their goal is to get my Medicare information and address. I recommend hanging up on these people.

I am on the Do Not Call List - it seems like a wasted effort, but the number is still there. Someday, maybe it will be useful.

Shariys
June 08, 2022

I answer ONLY calls coming from numbers in my contacts list. If an unfamiliar caller is really calling me, they'll leave a message regarding familiar circumstances. Same for texts and emails. It's easy to report spam for what it is, and easy to block robocalls and other garbage.

Pam
June 09, 2022

These are good tips. However I’m the sort of person who can’t relax until the problem is solved. I hope the scammers are caught and justice is served! The seniors will all sleep well.

c.williamson
June 09, 2022

I read all your alerts I am up to date on everything thank you

M.Lewis
June 13, 2022

I'm so tried of these schemer calling. every day all day, I block they call some of them manage to still called back.I am so tired of these peoples

Alicia B
June 15, 2022

I also received mail stating a person was being removed off my medical insurance. Also looks like the person's name is from another country.

Premlata Vazirani
June 22, 2022

I have been getting several calls everyday ID MEDICARE ASSIST, from different cities. As suggested I changed the settings on my mobile phone to silent unknown numbers, that helps. I don’t have caller ID on landline, so I have no choice to pick up calls. Thank you for informing public.