IMPORTANT Message About New Medicare Cards.....For those on Medicare, this is important.....

This is pretty important to get to people with Medicare, their families and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends throughout the US.

Starting 4/1/18, Medicare will start a year long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.
Scammers are opportunistic - First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.

WHAT'S THE SCAM?
Somebody from "MEDICARE " will call to tell you you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account or credit card so they can "process" your temporary card.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. Ditto for anybody saying they "work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to."

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?
First of all spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid ) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

This is the Government website;
https://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/12002-New-Medicare-Card-flyer.pdf

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Good info.  Thanks for posting it, Robin.   

Ditto.

You're welcome, JG!

What a boring place the world would be without scammers. Just kidding, I hate them too :-)

Thanks for the heads up..I will be new to this system soon :(

but no matter who would call I NEVER give out personal info over the phone. Still good to know this scam is out there.   Thanks again!

Good information, thanks.  We all know how vulnerable many Medicare recipients are, simply due to their age.  I will pass this info around through Neighborhood Watch Program and our new Citizens Police Academy in this predominantly senior community.

You're all welcome! This is very important to spread to everyone you know. The scammers are out in full force and I would hate to see anyone fall prey to them.

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