Scammers are always looking for targets. That’s especially true during a crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic.
You may have received robocalls, text messages, or emails offering free face masks. It may be that you have seen social media posts about free COVID-19 testing kits, “cures” or protective equipment in your feeds or on your friends’ pages.
Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal Medicare numbers and personal information. You should know that if anyone reaches out to get your Medicare number or personal information in exchange for something, then you are dealing with a scammer.
We want you to be aware of these scams. As the Medicare.gov website states: “Stay alert for fraud during the coronavirus national emergency. Con artists like to take advantage of people when they’re distracted.”
Tips to remember
- Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
- Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.
- You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare number. Don’t do it.
- Medicare will never visit you at your home.
- Medicare can’t enroll you over the phone unless you called first.
View a video explaining scams
Here’s a short video that explains scams more.
You can always visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more tips on preventing scams. If you suspect fraud, call 800-MEDICARE to report it.