New Jersey seniors should have received their new Medicare cards during the summer. The new cards no longer use Social Security numbers as identifiers, and that’s a good thing.
But scammers will still try to use confusion over the new cards to get your private information.
Some callers or emailers may say you owe a fee for your new Medicare card, and if you don’t pay, your benefits will be suspended. That’s not true. There is no fee for the Medicare cards.
You might get a call or email from someone saying there was a mistake with your new Medicare card number and you’ll need to give information, including your Social Security number, to authenticate the card or to authorize a new number. That’s also a scam.
Medicare said it will never call you uninvited and ask you to give personal information to get your new Medicare number and card.
“If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227),” Medicare said.
It’s very rare that you’ll get a call from the real Medicare. See the limited circumstances under which you may receive a call.