COVID-19-Related Scams

By December 1, 2020Uncategorized

Please see the following information on protecting yourself during the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Additional information can be found by visiting the OIG webpage at

Protect Yourself

  • Beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare or Medicaid numbers or personal/medical/financial information. Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer COVID-19 related products, services, or benefit review.
  • Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. Keep in mind that if your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
  • Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in, text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals.
  • Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, ensure the location is an actual testing site.
  • A physician or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your medical condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing.
  • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone claiming to offer HHS grants related to COVID-19.
  • Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test.
  • If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

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