Common Medicare Scams and How to Protect Yourself
It’s important to know what to watch for during open enrollment, when the nation’s 55 million Medicare recipients have the opportunity to change their Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. In addition to the challenge of going through the many plan options, experts say Medicare open enrollment is prime time for scam artists. Here are a few tips to protect yourself.
- Guard your Medicare number, which is typically your Social Security number. Protect it as you would your bank and credit card information.
- Remember Medicare will NEVER call or email you requesting personal information or product offers. If you receive a call or email from someone claiming to be with Medicare that should be an immediate tip-off that you’re are dealing with a con artist.
If an insurance agent visits your home to sell or endorse any Medicare product, they are acting illegally.