The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) are removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. New cards will be mailed out in phases based on geographic location, with Indiana residents getting their cards some time after June 2018. The new cards are intended to help prevent fraud and identify theft, but criminals are using the changeover to try new scams. According to a report by AARP, scammers pretending to be with CMS are calling seniors to ask for processing fees to pay for the new card, for banking information, or for Social Security numbers.
Be aware that that there will be no charge for your new card and you will receive one automatically. If your address is up-to-date, you do not need to do anything to receive your card. No one from CMS will call asking for bank information or for you to verify your identity. If you do get a call asking for these things, it is a scam. Just hang up.
If you need to update your mailing address, you can call 800-772-1213 or visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/. You can also update your address in person at your local Social Security office. You can find the address at http://indianapop.org/.
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