Recently scammers have been calling, pretending to work for Medicare.
They say they need to verify your bank account number — and it might sound convincing. Some callers may even know the first few numbers of your account, and say you just need to verify the rest. But if you fill in the blanks, you’re giving them access to your money — and their goal is to steal it.
The callers may say they lost your information and need it to deposit funds, provide additional benefits, or send you a new Medicare or prescription card. They assure you there’s no charge, and act like it’s an urgent matter — that your benefits will be cut off if you don’t give them your bank account information right away.
In truth, it’s all a trick to steal your money. Medicare will never call you and ask for your bank account information.
So the next time you get a call like this, here’s what to do:
- Don’t give out your bank account number — or any part of your Social Security number.
- Simply hang up the phone.
- If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, call 1-800-MEDICARE.
Posted by Sheri R. Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Elder Law Attorney, www.sheriabrams.com.