The latest scam involving Medicare going on around the country at this time involves the victim receiving a telephone call from someone purporting to be a representative of Medicare notifying the victim that new Medicare cards are being issued and that in order to maintain their Medicare coverage they need to confirm personal information of the victim such as their Social Security number or checking account number. Many of these calls are coming from the area code 409, which is in Texas. If the victim provides this information to the caller, he or she will soon become a victim of identity theft.
Never give your personal information to anyone over the phone whom you have not called and are not absolutely sure is both legitimate and has a legitimate need for the information. Medicare is not issuing new cards. Medicare will not call you on the phone and Medicare already has the information that the identity thieves are requesting with the exception of your bank account number which they have absolutely no need to have.