Have Your New Medicare ID Card? Avoid Fraud and Protect Your Information with These Simple Steps

A fraudster could steal your identity to open new credit cards or bank accounts using your name and credit

Have Your New Medicare ID Card? Avoid Fraud and Protect Your Information with These Simple Steps
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May 11, 2018

Medicare ID fraud happens when someone uses your Medicare card to get your personal information, like your Social Security or Medicare ID number.

A fraudster could steal your identity to open new credit cards or bank accounts using your name and credit. They also could use your Medicare ID card information to file fake claims for healthcare you did not receive, like billing for a motorized scooter that you don't need.

Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs for everyone.

Keep Your Information Safe

Follow these easy tips to guard your new Medicare ID card and protect yourself from fraud:

  • Keep your Medicare and Social Security cards secure.
  • Don't share your numbers with anyone other than your health care team.
  • If someone calls and asks for your Medicare information, hang up. Medicare will only call you if you've called and left a message or if a representative said that someone will call you back.
  • Check your statements carefully and log into MyMedicare.gov to spot possible fraud and billing mistakes.
  • Report suspicious activities by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

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More About the New Medicare cards

If you are a Medicare recipient, you might have heard that new Medicare cards are on their way to your mailbox. The new cards will have a unique Medicare ID number instead of your Social Security number.

The new Medicare ID cards are good news for everyone, except fraudsters who use Social Security numbers to steal people's identity and commit Medicare fraud. You will receive your new Medicare ID card by April 2019.