Because the Medicare program does change over time, scam artists recycle old strategies to fit the changing health care environment. In this scam, individuals call or visit to explain Medicare “changes,” then proceed to request personal identifying information. It can occur in conjunction with the Medicare card or Obamacare scam. Like the Medicare card and Obamacare scams, this scam uses a trusted and valued program – Medicare – to gain unauthorized access to beneficiary information.
It is important to know that beneficiaries may be legitimately contacted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or CMS representatives as part of occasional “Medicare Current Beneficiary Surveys.” CMS may also call or otherwise contact beneficiaries to resolve beneficiary complaints or investigate suspected fraud.
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