Many scammers are taking advantage of this crisis and attempting to get personal details from people.
Social Security Benefits:
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19-related office closures. We will not suspend or discontinue benefits because our offices are closed to the public for in-person service.
Scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMMERS!
Be suspicious of the following:
- Unsolicited requests for your Medicare or Medicaid number.
- Anyone who unexpectedly calls or visits offering COVID-19 tests or supplies.
- Offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.
A doctor or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your condition and approve any COVID-19 testing.
If you suspect fraud, contact National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline 866-720-5721.