New Medicare card brings same old scammers

DES MOINES ? New, more secure Medicare cards are being mailed to Medicare participants. The new number will be unique to every person with Medicare. The old cards are being replaced because they were based on a person?s Social Security number. Scammers sometimes use Social Security numbers to try to steal someone?s identity, open new credit cards or even take out loans in someone else?s name.

The benefits will not change with the new Medicare card, and it will be mailed for free.

?Scammers are hoping that you won?t be informed about the change in Medicare cards,? Kris Gross from the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) said. ?Iowans need to be aware that scammers may try to use the opportunity to get their personal information.?

For Medicare questions including the new card, call SHIIP at the Iowa Insurance Division, 800-351-4664 or email