Everyone gets junk mail and if you’re like me you don’t even open most or all of it. I got one letter that caught my eye so I opened it and it was from a company that claimed I had money that was owed to me if my name was
“SO and SO”. I was on my way to the trash can when something I saw caught my eye, so I went to my computer and did a GOOGLE searchfor Missing Money and found several videos from ABC and NBC news stations. Here’s a video of one of the newscasts. After digging a bit deeper I found it was true there are hundreds of millions of dollars that go unclaimed. So where and how do you look for it and how do you claim it? I checked one state and found I have two amounts totaling $123.00 owed to me. All I did was print out the form, signed and mailed them to my state’s treasury. You can be sure I will search other states where I have lived.
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Happy National Consumer Protection Week! Now’s a great time to brush up on your Medicare rights and protections, and take action to protect your identity.
Identity theft: protect yourself
Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.
Personal information includes things like your name and your Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers.
Guard your card and protect your personal information
To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.
Don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.
Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations:
A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you.
A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call you if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.
Only give personal information like your Medicare Number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf, or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
If you suspect identity theft or feel like you gave your personal information to someone you shouldn’t have, contact the Federal Trade Commission.
Help fight Medicare fraud
Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. There are con artists who may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud.
Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Give your Medicare Number only to people you know should have it. Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.
New Medicare cards
To help protect against identity theft, Medicare has mailed new Medicare cards to people with Medicare. Your new card has a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number.
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