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Fulton County Sheriff's Office warns residents of circulating scams

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FULTON COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is issuing an alert to residents after receiving information about scams involving callers claiming to be from Medicare.

According to the sheriff's office, the caller, who is representing Medicare, reports they need personal information, such as bank accounts and Social Security numbers, in order to send a new Medicare card. The office says this appears to be fraudulent activity because Medicare issues cards through their website or by the individual requesting one directly.

There have also been reports of the "grandson in jail scam." Elderly residents have been receiving calls about their grandchild being in an accident or in jail in another country - usually Mexico - and needing money for medical treatment or bail.

Jim Figy is just one of at least seven people recently who was targeted. The caller posed as his grandson and claimed to be under arrest in Mexico.

Figy knew something was not right when the voice on the other end did not even sound like his grandson and was asking for $1400. So he told the person on the other line to call back later. He made some calls and found out his grandson was at home and not in Mexico.

"When he called back I said, 'I think this is a scam, and you're a big jerk,'" said Figy. "He says, 'I know where you live. I'm going to come. I'm going to tie you up and throw you on the railroad tracks.' I said, 'Go ahead. I'll knock you in the head with my cane.'"

Figy immediately contacted officials who told him this was not the first time they have heard this story.

Now the Fulton County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the local senior center to help spread the word because they believe seniors are being targeted.

"They are a target because they're more trusting; they don't want to make any waves. So if someone's calling them saying they're in a position of power, they're probably more apt to listen," explained Sheriff Roy Miller.

Miller suggests never giving out personal information over the phone and being leery of sending money through wire transfer.

If residents have any questions or concerns about calls or mail received as possible scams, they can contact the sheriff's office or local law enforcement agency.

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