Seniors: Medicare Fraud Alert

Mar 20th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Amongst the daily alerts we receive about COVID-19 is an email that comes from Medicare.com for those seniors who have an online Medicare account, and is one that all seniors need to understand and heed.

It just arrived in my email inbox, and begins, “Scammers may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. (emphasis added) In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send you a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number or other personal information.”

The email goes on to say, “It’s important to always guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check your Medicare claims summary forms 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 ask for or check your Medicare number.”

And here’s a message for our faithful Senior Citizen Journal readers… you may have senior friends who do not use computers or do not read SCJ and may not have seen this alert. Please share this message widely to ensure we reach as many seniors as possible to keep them protected against this kind of fraud. The scammers are already on the streets. Let’s help keep our senior citizen community protected!

More information is available on the Medicare website.



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