Some Medicare Recipients Targeted for Fraud

Starting April 1, Medicare will be changing all current Medicare cards from using Social Security numbers to alphanumeric ID numbers.

Marietta Police said in a statement they have received notification that fraudsters are calling some Medicare recipients and trying to scam them out of money. The department offers the following tips to Medicare recipients:

– Your new Medicare card will automatically come to you in the mail. You do not need to call or write anyone to request it.

– Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call.

– If someone calls you claiming to work with Medicare to “ensure you get everything you are entitled to,” they are trying to scam you or sell you something. They do not work with Medicare.

– If someone calls and tells you your current card is no longer valid and tells you to pay a small fee for a temporary card (typically between $5-$50), this is a scam.

– If someone calls and asks for your personal information “in order to send you a new card,” this is a scam.

For more information on the new Medicare cards, visit www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/12002-New-Medicare-Card-flyer.pdf