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4 seniors: Protecting yourself from identity theft

Author: KFOR-TV & K. Querry / Source:

OKLAHOMA CITY – The government is in the process of removing social security numbers from Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it can be a huge task.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards next year, but it will take until December of 2019 for all cards to be replaced.

Under the new system, an 11-digit character will replace the current claim number on your card, but your Medicare benefits won’t change.

Officials say scam artists are already hard at work. Some Medicare recipients report getting calls from scamsters who tell them that they must pay for the new card. They then ask for their checking account and Medicare card numbers. If you get one of these calls, don’t give out either…

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