March 11, 2019
Medicare Spoofing Calls New Trend in Illinois
Scammers are spoofing phone numbers, a technique that causes caller ID to say a call is coming from someone other than who is actually calling, and pretending they are from Medicare, Social Security or other government agencies. Once the scammers get you on the phone, they try to steal your personal information.This is becoming a trend in Illinois and across the United States.

Medicare will never call you, and you should only give your Medicare card number out to your doctors or providers. If you have received one of these phone calls and have given out any information, you can report this with the Illinois SMP at AgeOptions at (800)699-9043.

Read more here as the Federal Communications Commission explains how scammers are spoofing phone numbers and what happens if this happens to you or a loved one.
Social Security or Medicare? Do You Know Whom to Contact for Similar Services?
Have you gotten confused about whom to contact for certain services? Medicare and Social Security can get confusing when signing up for both services.

Did you know that when signing up for Medicare Part A and B you sign up through the Social Security Administration? Did you know when signing up for a Part D Medicare plan you can sign up through Medicare? This can make this very confusing for many people.

The Social Security Administration has put together a wonderful cheat sheet to help you know which place to contact when you have certain questions.

Click here to see who to contact for services at both Medicare and the Social Security Administration.
Have a wonderful week!

Travis Trumitch
travis.trumitch@ageoptions.org
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