SALT Warns Seniors About Medicare Card Scam

A member of SALT or seniors and law enforcement together says the biggest scam they are concerned about now has to do with the transition to new Medicare cards. Cathy Loomans says scammers are taking advantage of the transition period trying to get people to give them information about their Social Security numbers by posing as someone from Medicare. They usually ask those they are calling to verify their current Medicare card, which uses Social Security numbers. She says the reason Medicare is going to random numbers is because of the danger of identity theft. She says unfortunately scammers have figured out a way to use the transition period for their own bad intentions. The replacement of Medicare cards is gradual and will take until April of 2019 to complete.