|Scammers may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send you a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number or other personal information.|
It’s important to always guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check your Medicare claims summary forms for errors. Only give your Medicare number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, Medicare will never call you to ask for or check your Medicare number.More Info
For more information on protecting yourself from fraud and reporting suspected fraud, visit Medicare.gov/fraud.
Protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Remember:
•Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve 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. Don’t do it.
•Medicare will never visit you at your home.
•Medicare can’t enroll you over the phone unless you called first.
Learn more tips to help prevent Medicare fraud.
Remember: You can find more information about COVID-19 and your Medicare coverage on Medicare.gov.
- Protect your Medicare Number and your Social Security Number.
- Use a calendar to record all of your doctor’s appointments and any tests you get.
- Learn more about Medicare and recent scams.
- Know what a Medicare plan can and can’t do before you join.
- 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.
- Contact your doctor to request a service that you don’t need.
How to report Medicare fraud
You can report suspected Medicare fraud by:
- Calling us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
- If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, call the Medicare Drug Integrity Contractor (MEDIC) at 1-877-7SAFERX (1-877-772-3379).