Scammers are taking advantage of Medicare open enrollment and looking to gain personal information.

Who Is It Targeting: Seniors enrolling in Medicare

What Is It:  Scammers are taking advantage during Medicare open enrollment, October 15 – December 7, in order to steal social security numbers. Seniors are receiving phone calls from scammers posing as federal employees from Medicare and claiming they are issuing new cards but first they need to verify the social security number on the card.

What Are They After: Personal information

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Medicare will never call and ask for personal information.
  • In the event, your Medicare card is lost or stolen, report it to Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.

For full details of this scam check out this article from CBS.