Tips To Medicare Beneficiaries On Avoiding Identity Theft

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The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services’ GeorgiaCares SMP program is providing tips to Medicare beneficiaries on protecting themselves against identity theft and Medicare fraud. GeorgiaCares SMP provides health insurance counseling, as well as assistance with reporting and following up on Medicare fraud, abuse and error. GeorgiaCares toll-free number is 1-800-669-8387.

“Medicare beneficiaries should safeguard their Social Security and Medicare numbers just as they would their credit card number,” said Maria Greene, director of the Division of Aging Services.

Beneficiaries should practice the following tips:

* Never use your Social Security or Medicare numbers as a form of ID.


* If your Social Security number is listed on your driver’s license, have it removed.

* Be cautious about giving out personal information over the phone.

* Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before discarding.

* If your Social Security or Medicare number appears on documents you receive in the mail, request that the number be blanked-out on further mailings.

* Check your credit report at least once a year. The law requires the major nationwide consumer reporting companies - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion - to give you a free copy of your credit report each year at your request.



I used to simply rip my mail in half and dispose of it. I then bought a shredder, but it only cut one direction. So now, i've bought another shredder that's shreds in two directions. I also signed up for identity theft protection with a company called ShieldSafe. They were only 49 dollars for the year and completely compared to all the larger more expenisve companies.