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Staying Scam Smart in 2020


from Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee

As we start a new year, a new decade, here are a couple of concerns that you should keep in mind.

1. Date Abbreviations…Not A Concern
Several recent news sources have suggested that people should avoid abbreviating the year 2020, especially when signing a legal document. When we write the date 1/9/20, for example, someone else can add additional digits like 13, 17, etc., effectively changing the year. However, there have been no reports of anyone being scammed in this manner.

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2. Social Security Changes
January 1st marked the changes to Social Security’s cost-of-living benefits. Whenever there are large-scale changes, we see scammers creating confusion in order to steal your money or personal details. If you have questions, call Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

3. Medicare Card Questions
All Medicare recipients should have received their new Medicare cards by now. If you have not, call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). The new cards feature a unique alphanumeric identifier. Please keep this number private. Don’t forget, these new cards were/are free and any contact telling you otherwise is a scam.

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