Once you sign up for Medicare, a federal health insurance, you receive a card with your own individual number -- and it’s important that you guard this number as you would your own social security number.
Why? Fraudsters and scammers are out there trying to access that information to turn your number into cash.
Watch the video above to learn more.
More resources on Medicare fraud
From the Michigan government:
Read more from Medicare.gov: Help fight Medicare fraud
More from the Medicaid Fraud Hotline: Do you have evidence about a Michigan medical provider overbilling Medicaid or Medicare?
From us: Metro Detroit residents among 53 people charged in massive health care fraud scheme
More info about signing up for Medicare
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Read more from LetsMakeAPlan.org:
Read more from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Top 5 things you need to know about Medicare Enrollment
Read more from Somerville Cambridge Elder Services: What should you do to prepare for Medicare at age 64?
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