Trying to prevent Medicare fraud? Hackers, scammers, and social engineers are rampant more than ever. With social media and the internet giving away a lot of information that can be used for social engineering, one must protect his or her identity. As a Medicare beneficiary, here are some tips to protect yourself from Medicare fraud.
Prevent Medicare Fraud
The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is currently ongoing and that means that you are probably sharing your Medicare information with strangers as you shop for new plans. As a result, someone might get your Medicare information to commit fraud.
Don’t let these fraudsters steal your information and commit Medicare Fraud. Here are some tips for you to remember:
Even though your Medicare card number is no longer the same as your social security number, don’t share it with strangers. The most common Medicare scam is getting your card number and committing Medicare fraud. Only share your Medicare card number with trusted doctors, insurers, and providers you are aware of.
Refuse money or gift offers for free medical care
Don’t accept any money or gift in exchange for your personal details and Medicare number. This is a common ploy for identity thieves. There will be people calling you to give you free items and get your Medicare number for you to be able to claim it.
Review your Medicare statement regularly
Record your doctor visits, tests, and review your Medicare statements. If there are inconsistencies with your statement, discuss with your healthcare provider or report it to Medicare.
Understand how Medicare plan works
Knowing your benefits and how Medicare works will definitely help prevent Medicare fraud since strangers will not be able to trick you into providing your personal and health information.
What if someone committed fraud against my account?
In case you become a victim of Medicare fraud or you suspect fraud, report it to Medicare immediately.
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048
- If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare drug plan, call the Medicare Drug Integrity Contractor (MEDIC) at 1-877-7SAFERX (1-877-772-3379)
Social engineers are becoming better and better at stealing identities and committing fraud however, know these can be prevented. Remember, think before you click or share personal and health information with strangers.
Stay alert for fraud and share this information with your family and friends.