Ikey Fowler

As we mentioned in this article a few weeks ago, scammers and con artists thrive when unrest happens in our country. The following tips are taken directly from Medicare.gov and, hopefully, will help you avoid being scammed:

Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal you Medicare Number, personal information, and money. And they are using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to do it. Remember, if anyone reaches out to get you Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it is a scam. Be on the lookout, so you can stop scams before they happen.

Here are recent Coronavirus scams to watch for:

  • Robocalls offering you respiratory masks they will never send
  • Social media posts fraudulently seeking donations for non-existent charities, or claiming to give you stimulus funds if you enter your bank account number
  • Fake testing kits, cures, “immunity” pills, and offers for protective equipment

Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone.

  • Protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Guard you Medicare card like it is a credit card. Remember:
  • Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you have given them permission in advance.
  • Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.
  • You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare Number. Do not do it.
  • Medicare will never visit you at home.
  • Medicare cannot enroll you over the phone unless you call first.

Do’s

  • Protect you Medicare Number and your Social Security Number.
  • Use a calendar to record all your doctor’s appointments and any test you get.

Don’t

  • Give your Medicare card, Medicare Number, Social Security card, or Social Security Number to anyone except your doctor or people you know should have it.
  • Accept offers of money or gifts for free medical care.
  • Allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.”

If you have questions regarding any aspect of Medicare or Medicare health plans feel free call us at Alabama Health Guidance (256-648-5710), stop by our office at 885 Florence Blvd (Four Lane Shopping Center) or email me at ikey@alabamahealthguidance.com.

Alabama Health Guidance is an independent insurance agency and is not affiliated with Medicare or any other government agency.