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Scam Alert: Free masks for your Medicare Number

Scam Alert: Free masks for your Medicare Number? Don’t fall for it.

Maria Edwards, with the County of Bladen and Kelly Robeson, MSN, RN, CNL, Director with the Bladen County Division of Aging sent out the following Scam Alert.

Have you gotten robocalls, text messages, or emails offering free face masks? Or maybe you’ve seen social media posts about free COVID-19 testing kits, “cures,” or protective equipment?

Unfortunately scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and personal information. If anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it’s a scam.

Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone.

Protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. 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.
    Learn more tips to help prevent Medicare fraud.

Stop scams before they happen. Watch this short video and visit Medicare.gov/fraud for tips on preventing Medicare scams and fraud. If you suspect fraud, call 1-800-MEDICARE to report it.

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