AARP works to keep members safe from fraud

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - Fraud is a big deal to AARP and they will work hard to keep you informed as the new cards come out.

Consumers may sign up for “Watchdog Alert” emails that deliver breaking scam information, or call a free helpline at 877-908-3360 to speak with volunteers trained in fraud counseling.

The FWN website provides information about fraud and scams, prevention tips from experts, an interactive scam-tracking map, fun educational quizzes, and video presentations featuring Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale.

New Medicare cards are coming to Wyoming beneficiaries starting September 17 and through October. There is no need to activate the card. The government will not call you to discuss the cards, or any activation. These are scammers.

If you didn’t know there is no need to activate the card, you aren’t alone. According to an AARP survey, 76 percent of those surveyed knew nothing or very little about Medicare’s plan to issue new cards.

Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed also didn’t know if they would be required to pay a fee for the new card (you won’t).

When asked if beneficiaries could expect to receive a telephone call from Medicare asking them to verify their Social Security number, half said they weren’t sure (you won’t).

No need to “verify,” your card or SSN either. If someone calls you to do so, hang up.

Unlike the old cards, the new Medicare cards will not have your social security number printed on them. This will make it considerably harder for criminals to steal your identity. However, true to their nature, scammers are already using the moment to target those who will be getting new cards in the coming months

For more information check out the interview from the morning show.