New Medicare cards arriving next year will no longer include Social Security numbers, a move designed to protect against fraud and identity theft. Having the Social Security number removed from the Medicare card will help fight medical identity theft and protect medical and financial information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in April. The cards will automatically be mailed to all current beneficiaries, so nothing will need to be done to receive one.
If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, and asks for your Social Security number or bank information, just hang up because it is a scam, CMS said. Medicare won’t call or ever ask for a Social Security number or bank information.
For more information about other scams and how to protect yourself and loved ones, sign up for the Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. You’ll receive free email alerts with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud.
Source: The James Sun