New Medicare Cards. New Scams.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) began sending new cards to Medicare recipients in April. That’s when telephone phishing scams and social media scams started being reported.
- SCAM: People claiming to be from the Social Security Administration or CMS want your information “to make sure you have the right card”.
- SCAM: You are asked for money to obtain a “temporary card” until you get your new one from CMS.
- SCAM: You are told your Medicare benefits will be cancelled if you don’t cooperate.
CMS says Medicare will never call you uninvited. They will not ask you for personal information over the phone. They will not ask you for money.
If someone asks you for your information or for money or threatens to cancel your health insurance benefits, HANG UP!
Report the call to CMS by called 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227).