June 30, 2022

Special alert! Criminals have renewed their attack against Medicare beneficiaries! This message is for you, even if you are not receiving Medicare benefits; sharing it with friends and family members on Medicare might save them from being on the losing side of the scam.

AARP Vermont is aware of the return of a scam first reported in this column in 2020. Victims receive a notification call from Medicare, announcing a change in the Medicare identity card to one that includes an RFID chip, similar to the chip that is present on most credit, debit and ATM cards. The recipient’s caller ID displays the actual telephone number for Medicare, 800-633-4227. 

The reality: This is a scam! Medicare is not changing the identity card to a “chip card,” and Medicare will not notify you of changes via telephone or email. The same is true of all government agencies. Notice of change comes by USPS letter, in the news and through organizations such as AARP. If you receive this call, do not provide any information or engage in conversation. Comments you make will be recorded and added to other information that has been collected on your identity.

What is the danger posed by this scam? Any criminal purchases or billing for services will appear on your Medicare coverage statement including those that require co-payments or deductibles. As the account holder, you…

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