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March 02, 2018 05:07 PM

Real Or Fake? New Medicare Cards Being Issued Next Month

If you or a family member is on Medicare get ready, the federal government is issuing new cards beginning next month with the goal to prevent fraud. 

As KELOLAND Investigates found out, preventing fraud can open up more chances for you to be scammed. Here's a look at what's real and fake. 

There are about 132,000 people on Medicare in South Dakota and you may have heard about changes coming to your card. 

That's Real. 

New cards without social security numbers printed on them are being issued to people on Medicare. 

But some are reporting getting a call from "Medicare" asking to verify personal information before the change or to pay a fee to get a temporary card. 

That's fake. 

Because the government is removing social security numbers, fraudsters are working to get them while they still can.

One Oklahoma woman got a similar scam when her phone rang. The person on the other end says there was a problem with her Medicare card and asked for her Social Security number. 

"They called and asked if I was who I am and I said, 'Yes.' "They said somebody else is using it. I said, 'Oh really'," Verna Stricklin said. 

All of these are possibly ways scammers could try to get your information. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself: Don't ever give your information out on the phone. 

Medicare says they will never call you uninvited and ask you to give them personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. 

So what happened to that woman from Oklahoma?

"I said you know I may be old, but I'm not stupid. And I hung up," Stricklin said.

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