SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – There’s a new COVID-19 twist to the old Medicare phone scam that could put your medical information in the wrong hands.
The latest version of Medicare phone scam deals with COVID-19 home test kits. That is how it works. Crooks will call, email or text you and offer COVID-19 tests in exchange for your Medicare number. Scammers sell fake and unauthorized COVID-19 test kits at home to steal your personal or medical information. Do not take the bait.
“If it’s a legitimate call from Medicare, they already have the customer’s Medicare number and all their personal information,” Jennifer Tennison told SeniorAge. “Do not provide sensitive information.”
Scammers can also ask for your old Medicare card number. You may remember that the old cards have your CPR number displayed. Do not fall victim to identity theft.
“If you continue Medicare.gov to run a plan or help a customer, it will not even pull their information based on the old card number. That’s why they changed it to letters and numbers to eliminate the scam, ”Tennison said.
Some Medicare plans cover test kits at home, making this confusing. If you are interested, call the number on the back of your insurance card.
Make sure you are on both ‘No Calls’ lists.
Federal Do Not Call:
Missouri Do not call: 866-No Call 1 (866-662-2551) https://ago.mo.gov/civil-division/consumer/no-call
Try an app.
Consumer Reports says try: Nomorobo, Hiya, Mr. Number, RoboKiller and YouMail. For a landline phone, try a call barring, it’s a small device you put next to your phone. They can cost anywhere from $ 20- $ 100, but it can be worth your peace of mind.
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