4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud This Fall

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is October 15 to December 7, and during this time Medicare fraud is heightened. Throughout AEP, it is especially important to be vigilant in protecting your personal information from potential scam artists. Your safety is our priority! Below is a list of Medicare coverage “Don’ts” that our advisors recommend you keep in mind to be aware and safe.

1. Don’t assume people who come to your door are RetireMEDiQ advisors.

Remember that since individuals are often more curious about health coverage during AEP, con artist activity spikes during this season. Be careful to only share private information with authorized individuals. And remember that reputable agents, including those from RetireMEDiQ, will never show up at your door.

2. Don’t provide personal information, your Social Security number, bank account details or your Medicare ID number to anyone except authorized individuals you trust.

Medicare will never call or show up at your home to verify your information. Some scammers who request your private information may claim to be “Official Medicare Agents.” Medicare does not employ sales representatives, so an individual claiming they hold this job title is acting fraudulently.

3. Don’t sign any forms or documents without talking to one of our advisors.

Before signing any health insurance related documents from someone who is not affiliated with RetireMEDiQ, contact us.

4. Don’t assume you need to provide sensitive information to receive a refund from Medicare.

If you are owed a refund by Medicare, they will send you a check directly. They will never ask you to verify sensitive information to receive it. Some con artists claim “changes” to your plan entitle you to a refund and request sensitive information in an effort to obtain access to your assets.

If you have questions about protecting your personal information, we are here to help you! Please feel free to reach out to us at 1-877-222-1942 or client@retiremediq.com.

If you are not a RetireMEDiQ client yet and have questions about retirement or Medicare, please contact us at 1-866-600-5638 or advice@retiremediq.com. The RetireMEDiQ Program is provided at no cost to you and we will guide you through every step of your Medicare journey.

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