COVID-19 Fraud

COVID-19 Fraud

 

Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious long-term health conditions who appear to have a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Fraudsters are attempting to bill Medicare for sham tests or treatments related to the coronavirus and are targeting individuals to illegally obtain money or Medicare numbers. 

Report potential COVID-19 fraud, errors, or abuse if:

  • You provided your Medicare number to someone other than your doctor, health care provider, or other trusted representative who contacted you through an unsolicited call, text, or email 
  • Someone comes to your door offering “free” coronavirus testing, treatment, or supplies
  • You were told there was a COVID-19 Medicare card coming and you needed to confirm your Medicare number
  • You took a survey and gave out your Medicare number in exchange for money or gifts
  • You purchased a COVID-19 vaccination card

To learn more about tips related to COVID-19 fraud, click here.

To learn how to read your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB), click here.

Report Suspected Fraud

To learn about reporting potential Medicare fraud, errors, or abuse, click here.


COVID-19 Fraud Resources

SMP Consumer Fraud Alert Resources:

Contact Tracing Scams:

Coverage:

Survey Scams:

  • Infographics - Optional: When posting about COVID-19 use #SMPwatchCOVID19
    • COVID-19 Survey Scams Infographic (English)

Testing Scams:

  • Flyers
  • Infographics - Optional: When posting about COVID-19 use #SMPwatchCOVID19

Vaccine/Treatment Scams:

  • Infographics - Optional: When posting about COVID-19 use #SMPwatchCOVID19
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Scams Infographic - Light background (English) (Spanish
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Scams Infographic - Dark background (English) (Spanish
    • COVID-19 Vaccine "No Payment" Infographic (English)
    • COVID-19 Antiviral Drug SMP Scam Watch Infographic (English)

Other COVID-19 Resources

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

 CMS COVID-19 Resources for Vulnerable Populations:

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

OIG Fraud Alert Resources

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Social Security Fraud Alert Resources

USAging

 

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