Medicare scam hits local residents

DARKE COUNTY – Residents in Darke County have reported getting a phone call from someone saying they are with Medicare and want to send out a new card, but need information. Local residents should know this is a scam.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Information department, scammers pay attention to the news and know Medicare is sending new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. The cars replace your Social Security number with another number. The scammers may ask you to verify your information or claim there’s a fee for the new card, which there isn’t.

Locally, scammers tell the Medicare recipient they want to send out a new plastic card, but need their Medicare number. There are no legitimate plastic cards for Medicare. The cards are paper.

You can avoid these scams by remembering these tips from the FTC:

* Don’t give personal information to get your new Medicare card. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number, bank information, or other information to get your new card, that’s a scam. Hang up. Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new Medicare number and card.

* Don’t pay for your new card. It’s yours for free. If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam. Hang up.

If you’ve already given out your bank account information over the phone, talk to your bank immediately. You’ll want to deal with any unauthorized activity on your account as soon as possible.

For more information about the new Medicare cards, go to go.medicare.gov/newcard.

And if you’re a victim of a scam, report it to the FTC.

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