New Scam Involving Medicare Cards! Help protect our Seniors. It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has also warned of scams. Be aware — they do not charge for cards or want your personal information. The change explained is coming. Medicare cards without Social Security Numbers are coming. Here is an example of the new Medicare card. This is important information to get to people with Medicare, their families and friends, or adult kids who help parents with Medicare Here is what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends. Starting April 1, 2018, Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. Scammers are opportunistic. First of all, the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You do not need to request it or do anything. It will show up. What Is the Scam? Somebody saying they are Medicare will call to tell you that you are getting a new Medicare card. However, until it comes you will need a temporary card. They say you will need to pay a fee for the card, and they indicate the fee is between $5 and $50. They want personal information, bank accounts or credit card numbers so they can process your temporary card. Things to Remember Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call Medicare will never call saying, “I work with Medicare and want to make sure you get everything you are entitled to.” How to Protect Yourself from This One? First, spread the word. Feel free to share this post. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just do not even answer a number you do not recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones, and personal info has been given out (happens considerably more often than you think, so do not feel bad or stupid), immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.