Identity theft: protect yourself

Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.

Personal information includes things like your name and your Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers.

Prevent identity theft: keep your personal information safe

  • Don't give your personal information to someone who calls or comes to your home uninvited to get you to join a Medicare plan.
  • Give personal information to only:
  • Be familiar with how Medicare uses your personal information. If you join a Medicare plan, the plan will let you know how it will use your personal information.

Check to see if a supplier is approved by Medicare.

If you suspect identity theft, or feel like you gave your personal information to someone you shouldn't have, contact the Federal Trade Commission.