Brown alerts citizens about new Medicare card scam

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., warned citizens about an emerging scam related to Medicare cards.

“Beginning in 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will mail out new Medicare cards that no longer have Social Security numbers on them. This action will help protect our citizens from identity theft, but at the same time, it’s an opportunity for unscrupulous people to take advantage of the most vulnerable,” Brown said.

The representative shared tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare or Medicaid card scams.

  • Beneficiaries don’t have to do anything – There is no need to confirm personal information with Medicare or anyone else.
  • The card is free – There is no “one-time fee,” “processing fee” or any other fees for the new card.
  • Medicare representatives don’t call you or come to your houseHang up on anyone who calls and says there is a fee for the card or that they need to confirm your identity.

More information on Medicare and Medicaid cards can be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov.