In an effort to further protect individuals enrolled in federal health insurance programs from identity theft and scams, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new cards. In a major change from previous versions, the new cards no longer display social security numbers; rather, they boast a unique combination of letters and numbers called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).
The new cards are being shipped state by state and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends destroying older versions using a shredder. However, some cardholders are being misled by con artists during this shift.
Beware if any of the following occurs:
To further protect yourself from identity theft and scams related to the new cards, always make sure your information is up-to-date and that you do not share personal information over the phone. If you think you've received a call from a scammer, hang up and report it to the FTC immediately. Only give your card to trusted doctors, pharmacists, and caregivers.
Guard your card and stay safe!