Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Number

We are in the first few days of the Medicare Open Enrollment season (October 15 to December 7), which means fraudsters and identity thieves will increase their efforts to get and abuse Medicare numbers from people like you. Do you know how to Fight Fraud? Do you know how to Guard Your Medicare Number?

Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Number

Beware of phone scammers asking for your Medicare number. Medicare will never call to confirm this information or other personal information.

There are  many measures that you can take to Fight Fraud and Guard Your Medicare Number:

  1. Protect your Medicare number the same way you do your credit card numbers. Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information. Do not share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
  2. Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
  3. If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan, be suspicious of anyone who pressures you to act now for the best deal. There are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers”. Any offer that sounds too good to be true, probably is.
  4. Be skeptical of free gifts and free medical services. A common ploy of identity thieves is to say they can send you a free gift right away–they just need to confirm your Medicare number. Decline this offer.
  5. Do your part to help protect neighbors and friends; remind them to protect their Medicare numbers too!
  6. Check your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) to make sure you and Medicare are only being charged for services you actually received. You can now check your MSN by signing up for electronic Medicare Summary Notices (eMSNs) on MyMedicare.gov — or, you may check your claims every 3 months when statements arrive by mail.
Always reach out to your agent or report suspected fraud by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Number! To learn more about how to protect yourself you can always visit Medicare.gov or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). To find the SMP in your state, go to the SMP Locator at SMPresource.org