Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
Fraudsters are still trying to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to steal Medicare numbers, selling fake vaccination cards, and even going door-to-door offering “vaccines”. Talk to your provider regarding all vaccine questions. Also check your billing statements for charges that relate to COVID-19 that look suspicious or billed in correctly.
Tips to Protect Yourself
Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card.
- Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
- Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.
- You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare Number. Don’t do it.
- Medicare will never visit you at your home.
- Medicare can’t enroll you over the phone unless you called first.
We are your local SMP. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact us or call 1-800-994-9422 to be connected with the SMP program at your local agency on aging.
Senior Medicare Patrol empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors and abuse through outreach, counseling and education.
SMP Volunteers have an important role to play in addressing healthcare fraud. Find out more.
Contact us to find out more, to volunteer or if you think you've been scammed.
As an Area Agency on Aging, AOASCC is required to make a report if we have reason to believe that one of our clients has been or is currently a victim of abuse, abandonment, neglect, and/or financial exploitation. We are committed to our role of helping to ensure that you or your loved one is safe from harm and abuse.