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Section A: General News


Citizens beware of Medicare scams




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POTH -- Janice Green has a warning for area senior citizens: Don’t give out your personal information!

After a phone call Aug. 16 that raised her suspicions, she contacted her bank, the Poth Police Department, and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, to prevent community members from being scammed.

“The caller had an Indian or other foreign accent,” Green said, adding that he told her Medicare was sending out new cards and he needed to verify her personal information. He read her name and mailing address, and asked Green to get a check so he could verify her bank information.

He read a series of numbers, then asked her to read the numbers that followed them on her check.

Green refused, and the caller got agitated, she said. She eventually hung up on the call, immediately contacting her bank about the matter.

Wells Fargo confirmed the number the caller asked Green to provide is her account number, which only she and her bank should know, Green said. Bank personnel advised she had done the right thing in not providing the information. Law-enforcement personnel took her report, and advised her to contact the newspaper, so area residents don’t fall for the fraudulent calls purporting to be about Medicare, “something very important to a lot of us,” Green said.
 

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