Reporting from Tucson, the station says this scam is prevalent in the Southern Arizona area. A caller claiming or otherwise implying that he or she is a legitimate government employee asks for personal information in order to send the victim an updated Medicare card.
These scammers will pressure the victim into giving up the information and paying a “card replacement” fee, saying a failure to do so will result in the victim’s healthcare being canceled.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also warns seniors to be on the lookout for Medicare scammers, confirming that some have even gone as far as to “spoof” or disguise their number as the actual HHS Office of the Inspector General hotline.
If you reside in Arizona, please be aware of this fraud and take extra precautions to verify the identity of any caller asking for information regarding your Medicare.