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Medical Records Request Scam: Watch out for Phishing

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), they identified phishing scams for medical records. This may include scammers faxing you fraudulent medical records requests to get you to send patient records in response; see example.

When you review any requests, look for signs of a scam including:

  • Directing you to send records to an unfamiliar fax number or address
  • Referencing Medicare.gov or @Medicare (.gov)
  • Indicating they need records to “update insurance accordingly”
A scam request may include:

  • Poor grammar, misspellings, or strange wording
  • Incorrect phone numbers
  • Skewed or outdated logos
  • Graphics that are cut and pasted
If you think you received a fraudulent or questionable request, work with your Medical Review Contractor to confirm it is real. Submit medical documentation through the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) system or CMS medical review contractor secure internet portals, when available.

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