Coronavirus-Related Medicare Scam Alert  

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to remind Medicare beneficiaries to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid falling victim to healthcare fraud during this pandemic.

We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this pandemic to steal their Medicare number, banking information, or other personal data.

Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of the most vulnerable during times of uncertainty and change. You must protect yourself by making sure you only give your Medicare number to your doctor, pharmacist, hospital, health insurer, or other trusted healthcare provider.

If someone calls you on the phone, saying they’re from Medicare, and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information – just hang up.

Our representatives will never:

  • Call beneficiaries to ask for or to “verify” Medicare numbers.
  • Call to sell you anything.
  • Promise you things if you give them a Medicare number.
  • Visit you at your home.
  • Call you to enroll you in a Medicare program over the phone, unless you called us first.

We removed Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards last year to reduce fraud and protect our beneficiaries from identity theft. Even with this change, you should guard your Medicare card like you would a credit card. Be sure to check your Medicare claim summaries for errors and questionable bills.

If you suspect Medicare fraud, please report it by calling Medicare’s toll-free customer service center at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit us online.

Please help spread the word by sharing this message with family and friends.  Your health and safety is important to us. So, please continue to follow President Trump’s public health guidelines by staying home. These simple actions could save more than 1 million American lives in the weeks and months to come.

For more information on Medicare and telehealth, check out Administrator Verma’s previous guest blog. To learn about Social Security services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.

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79 thoughts on “Coronavirus-Related Medicare Scam Alert  

  1. No one, and I mean no one, IRS, SSA, Treasury, AARP, has put out a worthwhile update since May6th. They keep using the word update but just republishing the same thing over and over. IRS still does not provide a tool for SSA nonfilers to track their payment. I am referring to SSA beneficiares (not SSI, SSDI) who normally receive their benefit by direct deposit. Thousands have still not received a payment. This seems to mostly involve Comerica Bank and Direct Express (a system that needs investigation anyway). No amount of individual complaint is going to make anything happen unless some of the above organizations apply some pressure Is Comerica Bank holding up these payments until the persons regular deposit date? They should not, but if they are they need to make that clear.

    • Why are you upset my SSDI has been given to an imposter and an imposter collects my 8 broken bones injury and Hackensack NJ SSA and all other SSA employees and supervisors know this they refuse to document I am the real Ani Minassian and when I complained to NJ police they did not give me a report about this. This is a true story. with my experience NJ SSA employees are like the mobs with my experience. They are KNOWINGLY giving disability to an imposter under my medical records of 8 broken bones and two right ankle operation and refuse to document the truth. my tel# is 201-948-6111 my email animihranian@aol.com

  2. Why is it allowed imposters to collect disabled SSDI in State of NY and State of NJ. My SSDI IS GIVEN TO AN IMPOSTER IN STATE OF NJ AND SSA EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS KNOW AND ALLOW IT. PLEASE CALL ME MY NAME IS ANI MINASSIAN MIHRANIAN AND MY SSDI AND DISABILITY IS BEING COLLECTED BY AN IMPOSTER IN STATE OF NJ AND SSA EMPLOYEES ALLOW IT

  3. My name is Ani Minassian my SSDI and disability is being collected by an imposter in State of NJ please call me my tel#2019486111 my email animihranian@aol.com NJ SSA Employees know this and threaten me by saying it is Allowed to do this the last 4 digit of my SS# 0382 Since 1982 imposter is collecting my 8 broken bones disability I am the real injured I am threatened by SSA employees of NJ that I can not change this fraud.

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