COVID-19 Scam Alert

Stay up to date on the latest Coronavirus scams! The Coronavirus outbreak has global attention and is a national emergency in the United States. Since cybercriminals prey on fear, we can expect to see more and more COVID-19 scams as the situation progresses.

Scammers may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send you a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number or personal information. Be wary of unsolicited requests for your Medicare number or other personal information.

It’s important to always guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check your Medicare claims summary forms for errors. Only give your Medicare number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, Medicare will never call you to ask for or check your Medicare number.

More Information

  1. Porter, Taryn. “COVID-19 Scam Alerts.” 19 Mar 2020. Cyber Crime Support Network. https://cybercrimesupport.org/covid-19-scam-alerts/. 23 Mar 2020.
  2. Created & distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Watch out for Coronavirus scams.” Message to Gregory Myers. 23 Mar 2020. E-mail.