RBC I As the local
Medicare’s warning from its website: https://www.medicare.gov/basics/reporting-medicare-fraudand- abuse
Protecting yourself from identity theft through Medicare fraud
Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit Medicare fraud or other crimes. Use the following tips to protect yourself from becoming an identity theft victim.
* Protect your Medicare Number and your Social Security Number.
* Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card.
* Become familiar with how Medicare uses your personal information. If you join a Medicare health or drug plan, the plan will let you know how it will use your personal information.
* Remember that Medicare will never call you to sell you anything or visit you at your home. Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these 2 situations:
* A Medicare health or drug plan may call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you.
* A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.
* Contact the
* Give your Medicare card, Medicare Number,
* Accept offers of money or gifts for free medical care.
* Allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
* Join a Medicare health or drug plan over the phone unless you called us.
Social Security Phone Scams
Telephone scammers pretend they’re from
1. HANG UP!
2. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION!
3. REPORT THE SCAM AT OIG.SSA.GOV
What to look out for: The caller says there is
a problem with your
Any call asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, cash, wire transfers, or pre-paid debit cards.
There are also many post cards coming in the mail that people think are from Medicare. Talking about new benefits. These are more than likely sales solicitations. You can call Medicare direct 1-800-MEDICARE to see if they sent you anything in the mail.
When in doubt HANG UP!
Rebekah Greenwood NWCO SHIP