As a AHIP Certified Medicare Advisor I was notified by the medicare.gov regarding this Scam Alert and now I am sharing the information with you.
Free masks for your Medicare Number? Don't fall for it.
Have you gotten robocalls, text messages, or emails offering free face masks? Or maybe you've seen social media posts about free COVID-19 testing kits, "cures," or protective equipment?
Unfortunately scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and personal information. If anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it's a scam.1
What to do
Medicare may call you in
some situations but will never
- Threaten you
- Suspend your Medicare Number
- Demand immediate payment from you
- Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
- Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash
What to look out for
The call or email says "free masks for your Medicare Number? Don't fall for it!
Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
Scammers pretend they’re from Medicare, Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.
Protect yourself, friends, and family!
- If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at :https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/help-fight-medicare-fraud/how-report-medicare-fraud
- Don’t be embarrassed to report if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss
- Learn more at https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/help-fight-medicare-fraud/how-report-medicare-fraud
- Share this information with others
Here are some links for additional information and other articles to read.
I hope this information on the Medicare Scam Alert was helpful. Please share with your family and friends. Contact me with any questions or concerns.
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