Scam Warning Issued Ahead of Kentuckians Receiving New Medicare ID Cards

Ahead of the federal government mailing more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients new ID cards, Attorney General Andy Behsear is warning enrollees to be on the lookout for scams. The mailing of the new cards, which are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing the members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit ID numbers, are triggering scam warnings across the country. Kentuckians are expected to start receiving the cards soon. Reports indicate scammers are pretending to be Center for Medicare and Medicaid employees calling enrollees and claiming they need to provide personal and financial information or a payment in order to receive, replace, or activate their new card. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Medicare employee asking for information, money or threatening to cancel your health benefits, hang up and report the scam to the federal government at 1-800-MEDICARE.


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