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FLORESVILLE -- Dolores Kieke wants senior citizens to be on their guard against phone scammers.

Recently, she answered the phone to find a woman with a “very thick accent” advising that all senior citizens would be receiving new insurance cards.

In order to process hers, the woman told Kieke she needed to confirm some details. The caller had Kieke’s name and address, which she confirmed. She then asked for Kieke’s bank account number.

“I said, ‘I don’t think so!’” Kieke told the Wilson County News. “And she hung up on me!”

Kieke reminds senior citizens and all residents to be on their guard against callers who ask for personal information.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, often such phone calls are attempts at identity theft.

“Your personal information is valuable. Protect it!” suggests the commission on its website, www.ftc.gov.

Don’t give out your Social Security number, bank and credit card numbers, or driver license number on the phone.

“Some criminals lie on the telephone to get your personal information,” the FTC advises. “They may lie about who they are, claiming that they’re from a legitimate company and that you have a problem with your account. Or they may pose as representatives of a bank or government agency and ask you to confirm your billing information. Once they have your personal information, they can use it to commit identity theft charging your existing credit cards, opening new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, writing fraudulent checks, or taking out loans in your name.”

If you think you are the victim of such a call, contact your local police department or the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, 830-393-2535.
 

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