Info to Help Seniors BEAT THE HEATJuly 17, 2017
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!July 17, 2017
If you are currently on Medicare, new changes will be coming your way in April of 2019. Your Medicare card will no longer show your Social Security Number.
Instead, your card will have a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), a set of random digits. But don’t worry, this will all happen automatically.
This change was enacted to help seniors protect themselves against identity theft. However, fraudsters are now taking advantage of this change and convincing seniors to divulge personal information.
Consider these questions if someone claims they are calling regarding Medicare:
- Is someone calling claiming to be from Medicare and asking for your Social Security number or bank information? Hang up; that’s a scam! Medicare will never call you or ask for your Social Security number or bank information.
- Is someone asking you to pay for your new card? That’s a scam. Your new Medicare card is free.
- Is someone threatening to cancel your benefits if you don’t give up information or money? Also a scam. New Medicare cards will be mailed out to you automatically.