Medicare has been and continues to mail out new Medicare cards to millions on the health plan. The new cards will have a new 11-digit number rather than the person's Social Security numbers and Medicare reports it uses mail and will never initiative calls to its members.
That's why one Shawnee woman knew a recent phone call about her new card from someone claiming to be with Medicare was a scam.
She said the call came a day or two after news stories about the new cards.
The caller said he needed the number from her old card.
“That's not correct,” she told him, saying Medicare doesn't make calls. The caller kept persisting and she kept refusing until he finally hung up. The local resident wants other to be aware as well.
According to medicare.gov, Medicare will never call uninvited and ask for personal or private information for someone to get their new Medicare Number and card.
“Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card,” the site reports.
“If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don't share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).”