Beware of Medicare Fraud Calls

yellow painted classical phoneThe Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has received numerous reports of fraudulent Medicare telephone calls.

Medicare beneficiaries have received phone calls informing them that they must have a new Medicare card issued. They have been told that they must furnish their Medicare number, address, and bank account number to get a new card that will assure that their Medicare coverage is not cancelled.

These calls are completely fraudulent. Medicare will NEVER ask for a beneficiary’s Medicare number unless the beneficiary initiates the call, and they will NEVER ask for a bank account number under any circumstances. The only beneficiaries that need to get new Medicare cards are those who are first applying for Medicare coverage, or those who have asked for a new card because their card is lost or damaged.

Medicare beneficiaries are urged to remember to never give personal or financial information over the phone to someone they have not called themselves. Anyone who receives such a call is asked to report this call to the Medicare Fraud Line at 1-800-633-4227.

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