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The new Medicare cards are coming!

Unfortunately, the Medicare card scams are already here.

There are scammers already calling, emailing, and texting senior citizens telling them they have to pay to get the new Medicare cards or face losing their medicare benefits.

FALSE!

Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date.

Yet, people are trying to take advantage of those who are unaware that they will be receiving new Medicare cards in the mail.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) conducted a survey that revealed “60 percent of those surveyed mistakenly believe they might have to pay for the revamped cards.”

The intent of the revamped Medicare cards is to minimize identify theft by replacing a member’s social security number with a new 11-digit Medicare number. The new cards will look like this:

Sample of the new Medicare benefit card with Medicare number.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have recently started mailing new cards. People who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first in the country to receive the new cards.

Since there are over 58 million Medicare beneficiaries, the government is sending cards out in batches by state. To find out more about the distribution, please visit the Medicare website, https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/. The government should finish distribution in April 2019.

If your address is not current, then visit your social security account website at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/ or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).

Medicare will never call you uninvited asking for personal information.

Scammers are offering to “assist” medicare members with their new cards. Their have reported instances of scammers asking for personal information and bank account numbers in pretext of refunding existing Medicare benefits.

Medicare says,

If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

For more information, read the Medicare’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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4 Thoughts to “New Medicare Card Scams”

  1. jack

    Thank you for your alert on new Medicare card scam’s, I find it amazing how these con’s infiltrate even the Medicare system now, certainly, there is nothing sacred to these frauds. My wife is now on Medicare, and my time is rapidly approaching, so we are now on the lookout, thank’s to your considerate post. Your content was very revealing with the safeguard’s that we need to be on the lookout for Gleen, I will be seeing you soon, sincerely, Jack

    1. Glen

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jack. I still find it amazing that so many do not know new Medicare cards are being distributed. And that scammers take advantage of that to prey on seniors and disabled.

  2. troy

    I am very pleased that you are warning senior citizens about these medicare card scammers. Time and Time again I always here how senior citizens are always being taken by scammers and losing their hard earned income in the process. You are such a good Samaritan protecting our seniors from such con artist. Thank you for your article. Have a Great Day!!!

    1. Glen

      Thanks, I appreciate your kind words, Troy. I am amazed at how many people are unaware of the changes at Medicare to protect our identities. 

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