Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus to victimize more people.

This means existing scams are changing to exploit fears about COVID-19. At ACRO Services, we expose these financial scams to protect potential victims because we care. This year, Coronavirus medicare scams emerged as a real threat to our clients.

But traditional Medicare scams have been around for years. They normally target seniors with phone calls asking them to “verify their identity” in order to receive a new Medicare card. In another variation, scammers say you are entitled to a refund for medical services or “free medical supplies.”

In the post-COVID world, scammers are evolving. A scammer calls pretending to be a representative from Medicare. They tell you that you qualify for a special COVID prevention, treatment, or cure. All you need to do is give them your social security number, banking information, and other personal information.

The truth is, no special COVID treatment or cure exists beyond the vaccines being distributed across the country.

With the rollout of COVID vaccines, scammers are also claiming you need to “sign up” for the vaccine or pay for it. Medicare covers the cost of the COVID vaccine and you can’t sign up for any priority lists.

Furthermore, a true Medicare representative will never call you asking for those personal details.

Also, Medicare cards no longer have your social security number on them. Instead your Medicare card has a unique ID number. This is still sensitive information. You should never share it over the phone.

If you ever get a call from someone claiming to be from Medicare, hang up immediately and contact Medicare directly at:

1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

www.medicare.gov

If you are ever worried that you might be the target of Coronavirus Medicare scams, the best rule of thumb is to leave the situation by hanging up, walking away, deleting the email, or throwing away the letter. You can get more guidance from our team by contacting ACRO Services here.