The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are in the process of mailing out new Medicare cards, state by state, which will have a unique Medicare number in lieu of a Social Security number. Though these cards are designed to help protect identities, scammers will still be trying to steal personal information or money. Beneficiaries should be on the lookout for unusual requests for personal information, the new Medicare number and/or their bank account number. The scammers may promise gifts or money in return or claim beneficiaries must pay for the new card. They may threaten beneficiaries who refuse.
Report Potential Fraud
If someone asks you for your information, money, or threatens to cancel
your health benefits, hang up immediately and call 1-800-633-4227.
When you receive your new card:
1. Destroy your old Medicare card right away.
2. Use your new card. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans
approved by Medicare are ready to accept it.
3.Remember the new cards are free. Guard your Medicare number like you
would your Social Security or credit card numbers. Medicare will never
contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.