Medicare has sent out the following email.
You may already be taking steps to protect your health during the COVID-19 emergency. Be sure to also protect your identity from scammers by guarding your Medicare Number.
It’s easy to get distracted and let your guard down during these uncertain times. Scammers may try to steal your Medicare Number. They might lie about sending you Coronavirus vaccines, tests, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare Number or personal information.
Protect yourself from scams:
- Only share your Medicare Number with your primary and specialty care doctors, participating Medicare pharmacist, hospital, health insurer, or other trusted healthcare provider.
- Check your Medicare claims summary forms for errors.
Visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more information on protecting yourself from fraud and reporting suspected fraud.
The Medicare Team
I know it’s tempting to pick up the phone or click on a link to avoid winding your way down from the home page – but that’s how you fall prey to scams and computer viruses. It’s best to search in your browser for the legitimate web site. For important web sites, you can establish an account. Then you can go to the legitimate home page and log in and hopefully see if there is any problem.