Medicare imposters want to steal your money. Don’t let them.

Pop quiz: If someone calls you asking for your bank account number, should you give it to them?

Answer: Never. Hang up — it’s a scam.

We’ve heard about different kinds of imposter scams on the rise. In one scenario, scammers call, pretending to work for Medicare. They say they need to verify your bank account number — and it might sound convincing. Some callers may even know the first few numbers of your account, and say you just need to verify the rest. But if you fill in the blanks, you’re giving them access to your money — and their goal is to steal it. 

The callers may say they lost your information and need it to deposit funds, provide additional benefits, or send you a new Medicare or prescription card. They assure you there’s no charge, and act like it’s an urgent matter — that your benefits will be cut off if you don’t give them your bank account information right away.  

In truth, it’s all a trick to steal your money. Medicare will never call you and ask for your bank account information.

So the next time you get a call like this, here’s what to do:

  • Don’t give out your bank account number — or any part of your Social Security number.
  • Simply hang up the phone.
  • Report your experience at 1-877-FTC-HELP or Click on “Scams and Rip-offs,” and then “Imposter Scams.”
  • If you have questions about your Medicare benefits, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

Chances are, you know someone who could use a reminder on how to avoid these imposter scams. Pass on this blog post and share other consumer protection tips with your friends and family. 


we will not give any information about my bank account number.

I agree

You can also direct consumers to call the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) in their state. You can locate your statewide SMP at

There are also many scam/spam emails out there from "Medicare". Users beware of these as well.

Why is my Medicare # (on a card I'm supposed to carry at all times) the same as my S/S #? After all, numbers are FREE - they could assign ANY OTHER NUMBER to my Medicare account.

I don't carry my card with me. All you have to do is give them your social security number and the letter after. Give them your driver's license as proof that it's you. The government needs to change these numbers. Perhaps that's why there are so many scams.

I had three IRS telephone scams last week

I have gotten 6 calls (starts automated) and wants my first answer to be YES. I don't. So they come on the line and they tell me they are there to help me as I asked for Social Security and Medicare sign up assistance. I tell them I didn't and never call again, but they do. Reporting to DO NOT CALL has not stopped it at all. So BEWARE. Don't answer yes, or with your name. they want you to say your name or answer YES. DON'T! Say: "I never called you, don't call me again"

I think ppl has hacked my account

Thank you for the headsup. It good to have a reminder of how important it really is not to give out information!!

When I had personal information stolen, it was in a scam offer for a cell phone. I remember reporting to the police that they'd also asked for my driver license information. I asked him, "What would they do with that?" He said often they're used to register cars fraudulently. He recommended that I check with DMV from time to time to see how many cars I "had registered" in New York State. Good advice, and I never would have thought of that myself.

I received a call from someone saying she was from Medicare. She said she wanted to get my direct deposit started going into the correct account. I told her it was already being deposited. She asked a lot of personal questions. My social, etc. She asked for everything except for my bank information. I felt uneasy in my 'gut'. I was driving a moving truck in a bad rain storm in heavy traffic. She was very convincing. I reluctantly gave her the information she asked for. If she had asked for my banking information I would have stopped short. I worried about giving my information on the phone to someone who called me. But, she was really good. I am always very discerning and never fall for scams. I've been scammed before, a long time ago so I am hypervigilant about that kind of thing. Do you think I have anything to be worried about?

The FTC has information for people who think their information might be exposed to theft. Go to and click the button near the top that says "Did you get a data breach notice? Start here."  You'll see tips to help you protect yourself from identity fraud.

pls call my number +965 .i dont understand. ineed asistance

If you want to report a scam, call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357.

If you have questions about Medicare, call 1-800-633-4227.


Please read this FTC article for information about prize scams.

If you think you lost money in a prize scam, please report it to the FTC at or call 1-877-382-4357.

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