Get on the Medicare do not call list if you’re getting spam calls regularly. If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, there’s a good chance your phone is often ringing with phone calls you don’t want.
You can get back to enjoying your day in peace and quiet after following any of the suggested ways (below) to put an end to spam calls or most of them anyway.
Add Yourself to the Medicare Do Not Call List
The first plan of action is to add your phone number to the do not call list. In order to register for the Do Not Call list, you can make a phone call from the phone number you wish to add to the list. The phone number is 1-888-382-1222.
With the convenience of the internet, you can also register online at www.DONOTCALL.gov. When registering online, you’re required to have an active email address, so have that handy before you start. Don’t forget to register your house phone if you have one and your cell phone number, this way you can stop receiving annoying spam calls altogether.
If you’re still receiving spam phone calls 31 days after you registered your number, you may file a complaint here.
Some Callers Can Still Contact You
Just like with anything, there are exceptions to the Do Not Call list. Some organizations are still allowed to call you even after your number is on the list.
Exceptions include opinion survey firms, political organizations, debt collectors, for-profit companies that you’ve previously done business with as well as charities.
Tips to Get on the Medicare Do Not Call List
If you get a call from someone “on behalf of” a charity, there’s a good chance they work for a profit-telemarketing company. If this should happen, ask them to take you off their list as well as off the charity’s list.
Another great tip for answering calls from an unknown number, if they ask you to confirm who you are, DON’T! Just ask them why they’re calling. Should a telemarketer get you on the phone, ask them explicitly to be taken off their calling list.
Have you ever had a couple of seconds of silence go by after you answered a call and said hello? That’s because it’s a robocall waiting for connection with a live person who works in a call center. If you get one of these phone calls, just hang up.
There’s another automated call function that will ask you to press 1, don’t do it. Pressing 1 when prompted by these calls will only confirm your identity, resulting in – you guessed it, identity theft!
More phone calls that you don’t want. Do you see how these spam calls can get out of hand, and fast? Get on the Medicare do not call list and save yourself from the attention you don’t want.
Beware of Caller ID Scams
Fraudsters have learned how to fake the numbers. These scam calls are the worst and are usually looking to get personal information from you for their benefit. Your best bet is to not answer if it’s a phone number you’re unfamiliar with.
The SSA wants everyone to watch Caller ID as their number appears on the screen, it’s really criminals who want your personal information.
They use the “spoofing” technique to mask an incoming call to appear it’s coming from another number. In this situation, scams made the SSA’s actual customer service number (1-800-772-1213) appear on the Caller ID.
A person claiming to be an employee of the SSA that needs personal information is on the other line; they ask for your Social Security number to “round out your file”. Another report of this scam was that you’re told that the SSA wants to raise the payment but needs more information.
A final variation was a threat. The person claiming to work for the SSA threatens your benefits are terminating if you didn’t provide the information. The best way to prevent this is to add yourself to Medicare do not call list.
In the off chance SSA contacts you, you may need to confirm your personal information over the phone.
Never give out your Social Security number, bank account information, or any other sensitive financial data to anyone making an unsolicited phone call to you. The treat of Caller ID spoofing is real, and it is an issue.
Finally, take it to the next level and report any suspicious calls to the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or you may report online as well. Identity theft is easier now more than ever before; don’t be careless with your personal information.
Block Spam Callers
Are debt collectors relentlessly bothering you? The Federal Trade Commission’s FAQs website can teach you more about stopping debt collector phone calls.
Medicare will not call you and ask for your personal information – ever! But you can get on the Medicare do not call list easily.
You can guarantee it’s a spam call if someone is claiming to be from Medicare. Likewise, your bank or other important accounts won’t contact you to collect personal information from you.
The same rule applies for emails if you get an email that claims to be your bank or Apple account for instance, and they’re looking for your information – it’s a spam email. Report emails like this when you come across them and DO NOT reply to them whatsoever.
You should call your bank or Medicare, using their official phone numbers if you have any questions or concerns and need to speak with someone.
Get Help Getting on the Medicare Do Not Call List
Under no circumstances should you be giving out your personal or credit card information over the phone, especially when you’re unsure who it is. Don’t forget, the more people who know/have your info, the more phone calls you can expect.
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