Medicare Card Fraud Alert
April of 2018 Medicare will start sending out new cards to individuals that no longer use the social security number in an effort to curb identity theft. Be aware that there will be no charge for the new Medicare card and Medicare will never call you for your information as they already have it!
Scammers have taken advantage of the idea that people will be getting new medicare numbers and are calling individuals in an effort to steal their information. Often times these calls consist of scammers pretending to be with Medicare and asking the beneficiary to confirm their medicare information before they can receive their new card.
When in doubt, hang up and call the organizations main number yourself. If you do not get the same information upon calling back, and are unable to find the original person you spoke with, report it! If you think you have been affected by this scam report it immediately to the Washington State Senior Medicare Patrol with the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program at 1-800-562-6900.
Remember, Medicare will not contact you for this information as they already have it and any contact you receive from persons claiming to be Medicare should be reported to 1-800-562-6900. Visit the Office of the Insurance Commissioner website for more information on this scam.
Feel free to call our office at 1-800-535-1310 with any insurance questions and our office staff will be happy to help you!