Scammers are taking advantage of the federal government plan to replace your current Medicare card with one that no longer includes your social security number or other personal information. Your new card will have a Medicare number that is unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.
Medicare is planning to send the new cards by April of 2019. Here is what you should know to protect yourself!
- Scam artists might try to get personal information by contacting you about the card.
- There is no charge to get the new card.
- Medicare will send the new card automatically. Use your current card until the new one arrives.
- Not all the cards will be mailed at the same time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend or neighbor’s.
- If someone calls you uninvited and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE.
You can sign up for an email alert on Medicare’s new card page about when the card is in the mail. If you need to update your address, you can call 1-800-772-1213 or use your online my Social Security account.