Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Medicare Scams

Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you.  So, if anyone asks you to share your Medicare number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam.  You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.  You cannot pay to get early access to a vaccine.  Do not share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

Con artists may try to get your Medicare number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud.  Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone.  Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card.

Remember, 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.  Do not do it.

Medicare will never visit you at home.

Medicare cannot enroll you over the phone, unless you called first.

Review your Medicare claims and Medicare Summary Notices for any services billed to your Medicare number that you don’t recognize.  Report anything suspicious to Medicare.

If you suspect fraud, call 1-800-633-4227.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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