Your BBB® has learned that there are some significant changes being done to the Medicare card. By April 2019, you will receive a new Medicare card that no longer shows your social security number, but a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number (MBI) designed to help with your billing and eligibility status.
Everything will happen automatically, you don’t have to pay or contact anyone about it. This change will help fight medical identity theft and protect your medical, personal and financial information. However, scammers will still try to take advantage of the new cards, so here are a few ways to avoid this type of situation:
If someone calls asking for your social security number or other types of personal information, hang up.
This is a scam. Medicare won’t call you or ask for your social security number.
If you’re being asked to pay a fee for this card, don’t!
It’s a scam. Medicare will send you your new card at no cost.
If you are told to pay a fee or your benefits will be canceled, don’t fall for it!
This, too, is a scam. The entire process is automated, you don’t have to pay anything and receiving your new card doesn’t require your assistance.
Remember: if you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately and call your BBB or report it to bbb.org/scamtracker!
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