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CommunityMoney SmartsSecurityApril 26, 2018
Medicare is replacing its old cards with new ones. Even though the cards have not yet been issued, scammers are taking advantage of this change.
A caller might claim to need your medical information to send out their new card. In reality, the cards are free and will be mailed automatically.
Here is what you need to know about medical identity theft.
The average medical identity theft costs $13,500 to fix, but can affect other areas of life and home, such as:
Take proactive steps to ensure this doesn't happen to you.
If you spot an error on your medical records, correct it immediately. A mistake could affect your medical treatment in the future.
Send a copy of the documents detailing the discrepancy to every medical professional and facility involved in your care.
If you’ve been victimized by medical identity theft, be sure to report it!
Alert the FTC using their website at www.ftc.gov, or at 1-877-438-4338.
If you are a member of Medicare, call 800-MEDICARE or visit www.Medicare.gov. Alternately, report the scam to your own insurance provider.