TRICARE Reminds Beneficiaries: Protect Your Personal Information
Don’t wait for fraud against TRICARE beneficiaries to be in the news. Always protect your personal information! Whether you’re active duty or retired, don’t share your uniformed service identification card, or personal or family information with someone you don’t know. Protecting your personal information is vital to your privacy, and prevents abuse of taxpayer dollars.
Fraudsters often target TRICARE beneficiaries. For example, they conduct fake surveys to collect personal information. They call saying they know you have TRICARE and want to let you know you qualify for a free or low cost knee brace or walker. They then bill TRICARE for services or supplies you don’t need and never get.
No one from TRICARE will ever recommend a particular product or medicine. If someone does, don't share any personal information. If you think you’re the victim of TRICARE-related fraud, report it to the Defense Health Agency. Also, report when you think a provider or company is trying to defraud TRICARE. For example, if your TRICARE explanation of benefits (EOB) shows a charge for services you didn’t get, tell your TRICARE regional contractor.
TRICARE won’t just call or email you asking for personal identifying information, such as your uniformed service ID number, social security number, or Department of Defense benefits number. Only give that kind of information to a trusted person or office, like your doctor, a TRICARE claims processor or regional contractor. Be wary of an unknown person offering a gift or reward in exchange for a health service. They may be trying to commit fraud.
For more information about fraud, visit www.health.mil/fraud.