As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target older populations.
It’s important to remember that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials including state contact tracers may contact you if they believe you may have been exposed to the virus, they will not need to ask you for insurance or financial information.
“Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and we anticipate that they will leverage the COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries. Be vigilant and protect yourself from potential fraud concerning COVID-19 vaccines and treatments,” said Samantha Morales, Senior Medicare Patrol Director for New Mexico.
Look for updates from local state leaders as more doses of the vaccine become available for additional priority groups. Learn more about New Mexico’s vaccine rollout and register to receive the vaccine here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
If you need assistance with COVID-19 vaccine registration, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 1-800-432-2080. If you are contacted by the ADRC or your Senior Center to register for the COVID vaccine, staff will ask you questions about your health insurance information.
If you are enrolled in Medicare, here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) recommends that Medicare beneficiaries:
The New Mexico Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. We can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential Medicare fraud and abuse issues. We can also provide information and educational presentations. To contact the New Mexico Senior Medicare Patrol, call 1-800-432-2080.