MISSOURI — Medicare cards are beginning to arrive in Missourians’ mailboxes and fraud is already being reported across the state.
KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Rona McNally, Director of Special Projects with the Care Connection for Aging Services, who shared how to protect yourself form medicare fraud.
Click below to hear their conversation, which aired as Wednesday’s KMZU Newsmaker.
“We have a number of people report receiving calls from individuals claiming to be with Medicare asking for their information in order to receive their new [Medicare] card, even their bank account information,” McNally explained. “. . . Medicare is not going to call you about your new card. They have your information. Never give your information out over the phone.”
McNally explained that no federal agency, including Medicare, will reach out to people via phone, only via mail.
Any time you receive a call from someone claiming to be with Medicare, hang up immediately and report the call to local law enforcement.
Care Connection for Aging Services also keeps track of reported scams. If you are concerned you may have been targeted, you can report the incident to Care Connection by calling (888) 515-6565.