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Tips and Tricks: 5 Steps for Avoiding Medicare Scams

(By: The My Medicare Matters Team)

You’re sitting at home one afternoon, three weeks prior to the start of Open Enrollment, when you get a call from a friendly Center for Medicare Services (CMS) employee. The caller tells you that Medicare is issuing “new cards,” and that you need to provide your Medicare number, birth date and social security number in order to get yours. The catch? The caller doesn’t work for CMS, and he’s actually trying to steal your identity. Elder abuse is one of the most common crimes of the 21st century. In fact, studies have shown that 2 in 10 older adults have been financially exploited. Read on for 5 tips on avoiding common types of Medicare scams. Read more…


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