How do I avoid Medicare scams?

Things to remember:

  • Medicare does not randomly call beneficiaries. If you called at a busy time, you may be asked for a call-back number.
  • Medicare does not sell products or services.
  • Scammers are frequently able to “spoof” a phone number so that it looks like someone you know.
  • Do not give anyone you do not know your Medicare or credit/debit card number.
  • If you are not comfortable with the person or request being made, you can always ask for a number to call the person back. If the call is a scam, the caller will usually hang up.
  • Always review your quarterly Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to determine that all services billed are for items and providers you recognize. It is advisable to save these documents for at least a year. If you have Original Medicare and a MyMedicare account, you can go online to review your claims history

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1. What is Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period?
2. How and when do I enroll in Medicare?
3. How does Medicare work with employer based insurance?
4. Am I covered by Medicare if my spouse or I is employed?
5. When can I switch my Medicare plan?
6. Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Costs?
7. Do I need Medicare Part D?
8. Does Medicare cover vaccines?
9. What if one or more of my drugs is no longer covered by my Medicare drug plan?
10. What happens if you lose your Employer Group Health Plan when you are eligible for Medicare?
11. What's new for 2023?
12. When are the Medicare General Enrollment Period and the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?
13. How do I avoid Medicare scams?
14. What are 5-Star plans and when can I enroll?
15. How can I get help paying for Medicare Part B and Part D?
16. What are the different parts of Medicare?
17. How do I update my contact information if I'm moving?
18. Can I change my Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan anytime?
19. How do I create a Medicare account?
20. What are the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 for Medicare beneficiaries?