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Kentucky AG's Office Warns of Medicare ID Card Scam

The office of the Kentucky Attorney General is warning senior citizens to be on the lookout for scams related to new Medicare I.D. cards.

The federal government is preparing to mail the new I.D cards to more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients.

Reports from other parts of the country say scammers pretending to be from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid are calling enrollees and claiming they need personal and financial information in order to provide the new cards.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says the Medicare office won’t initiate a phone call to verify such information.

Beshear advises residents who receive such calls to hang up and alert the federal government by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.

The new Medicare ID cards are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing members’ Social Security number with an 11-digit ID code.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.