COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 tests and supplies for people with Medicare - A Scam

If you have Medicare, be careful of people that offer to sell you COVID-19 tests or supplies.
This is a scam.

  • They might call, text, knock on your door, or find another way to reach you.
  • They will ask for your Medicare and Medi-Cal numbers. But they just want to steal your identity. Do not give them any information.

Here’s how to protect yourself 
  • Text messages
    Do not answer or click on a link from an unknown number.
  • Knock on your door
    Do not answer to people who want to sell or give you a COVID-19 test or shot.
  • Contact Tracer
    A true contact tracer will ask questions about your health. They will NEVER ask for your Medicare number, passwords, or banking information. 
  • Phone calls
    Do not answer calls from a number you don’t know. Some people are trying to sell false things like COVID-19 insurance.
  • Report fraud.
    Call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477) to report fraud or scams.

How to spot a COVID-19 scam

Here are a few tips to remember. Be careful if someone you don’t know does any of
the following things:

  • Asks you for money
  • Pressures you to buy something
  • Asks you to pay by wiring money into a bank account or a gift card
  • Asks for personal information like your Medicare ID number or bank information
  • Asks you to pay for something now and promises to deliver it later
  • Pressures you to make a quick decision

Don’t be fooled:
But be extra cautious if you tend to be a trusting person.

People who steal from others will act friendly and kind. They are trained to make you trust them. But, trust your instincts if you feel something isn’t quite right. If you think something is wrong, you are right! And, remember to call 1-800-447-8477and report it right away.