Medicare Telemarketing Calls [Scam Or Legit?]
If you are here to learn a little about Medicare Telemarketing Calls complaints or wondering what number to call or what the details are all about and how to make the calls stop, then perfect, you have found the right article.
In this article, I’m going to give you all the facts that you need to know about Medicare Calls and what to do so that I can help you out and benefit you the most.
Quick Navigation Article Links
- Why Medicare calls
- Verify and Report
- Scammers Target Seniors
- Stop Spam calls
- Fraud Examples
- Contact Info
Why Do I Get So Many Calls About Medicare And Are These Medicare Phone Calls A Scam?
First and foremost, Medicare and Social Security never call you for your information because their policy is to inform you via mail in a letter if they need any additional information.
So quite simply, if any vacations are offered, they want any information at all…if it sounds all too good to be true, it is!
If you think it really is and don’t take this advice, then get their name, hang up and call back the national number of Medicare and ask them if they called. They will say they didn’t call you, but for some strange reason if they did, you will have your peace of mind to know that it really is officially Medicare.
If you call 1-800-MEDICARE and leave a message then a representative would then of course call you back.
Only Medicare beneficiaries receive phone calls once they become eligible for Medicare to confirm to you and not ask for your information but that rarely happens. And do not answer questions to someone saying you need to get a new Medicare card because your card never expires.
Additionally, Medicare never will come to your home to ask questions or try to sell you something.
Verify The Caller And Report
So if someone calls you saying that they are with Medicare, you will already know that it’s not true. Take action by calmly asking for a name and phone number to not make the caller suspicious and after your call, immediately call Medicare to make a report.
Many times after these phone calls start you may also notice that you start getting emails, too, that look or sound suspicious if you do read them.
Remember never to leave your personal information over the phone to anyone.
Update only through proper channels with Medicare to be safe.
Scammers Target Seniors
Even though this happens all year long, Oct 15 – Dec 7 is the Medicare Annual Election Period. This is the time of year that identity thieves target Seniors the most.
Many questions are asked in such a way to get you to trust the caller and give up your private information in a convincing way so you feel comfortable with your sensitive information.
Seniors Be aware of Fraud Callers:
- To verify your identity
- To verify your financial information
- Tries to tell you that you need a new Medicare card
- Says that you will get Free Medical Supplies
- Tells you that you have Free offers like a Medical checkup for free…but they need to verify your Social Security number or beneficiary’s unique Medicare Number or Credit Card number to pay for bogus shipping costs, etc.
- Says you are owed a refund and need your bank account information
Ways that Scammers Target Seniors
Too Many Spam Calls?
If someone calls you saying that they are with Medicare too many times then you can be added to a do not call list available with the Federal Trade Commission by reporting and registering your number.
How do I stop Medicare phone calls?
You can stop these fraud calls by registering your number to the Federal Trade Commission online or by phone at this National do not call registry. Registering will limit unwanted sales calls and limit the telemarketing calls you get.
Online: at DoNotCall.gov and using your own email account of course.
Or by phone: at 1-888-382-1222 or TTY 1-866-290-4236
Remember to register both your cell phone and home phone numbers.
Registration is free. Thirty days after you register, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry must stop calling you.
31 days later, if for some reason you are still getting spam calls from Medicare fraudsters, then file a complaint.
Robocalls Concerning Medicare
This problem gives you voice messages that have been pre-recorded when you answer. You can ask your local phone company if they have a way to detect and block these types of fraud phone calls.
Don’t speak to these kinds of calls. If your local phone provider’s blocking feature is too high-priced, then maybe you can find an app for your smartphone that blocks these calls.
On the bright side, for example, some Doctors’ offices use this type of call to remind you of your appointment. Hence, try to be aware of the difference.
If it’s a spammer, then hang up. As soon as possible, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Examples Of Fraud Medicare Calls
- Saying they are Medicare and calling you.
- If you listen, saying that there is a balance due on your Medicare card and asking you for your credit card number to cover the balance.
- Saying they want to refund you money and still need information concerning your bank account.
- Saying you won a vacation or owe a payment on a debt
- A recorded message that says something like press 1 to remove your number from a calling list.
- A recorded message that says you will get free gifts or services.
- A recorded message saying you owe taxes or similar and warnings if you don’t pay
What I Should Do If I Want To Get Help With Medicare Coverage Questions
Questions about your personal information or claims with Medicare then you can reach Medicare
- By phone at:
or TTY: 1-877-486-2048
- Online you can create a Medicare account at:
- Live Chat at:
Medicare.gov Live Chat is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except some federal holidays.