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If you are older or have older parents, you need to know about the latest phone scam that's targeting them. Even folks who never thought they would fall for something like this are finding these scams very convincing.
New information from the Better Business Bureau is warning seniors of the latest phone scam that's targeting them. Thousands of older adults are getting calls telling them a new Medicare card is on the way. Only problem is, it's not true, and many are falling for it.
Rose Wright is just one of several seniors who has dealt with this convincing scam. Wright lives a quiet life in retirement, tending to her bird feeders and saying, "no thank you" to sales people and telemarketers. But she let her guard down recently when a caller woke her up very early in the morning.
"I was sound asleep and the woman says they are issuing a new Medicare card, and they needed to confirm my information," Wright said.
Groggy and a bit confused, Wright asked the caller to identify herself. The woman said she was with Medicare, and had Wright's name, address and phone number.
"They had all sorts of information about me, and I thought it was legitimate," said Wright.
The woman asked Wright what bank she used, then said she needed the account number to set up her new Medicare benefits.
"She asked, ‘Your account number, can you get it off your check?' And I went and got a check and gave it to them," Wright said.
But after she hung up, Wright got suspicious. She called the Medicare office and learned the whole thing was a scam to get her bank account number.
The Better Business Bureau recently issued an alert about this scam, saying Medicare will never call you to send a new card, or confirm account numbers.
Wright raced to her bank to cancel her account, furious that people would do such a thing to seniors.
"I think they are the lowest scum on Earth, taking advantage of elderly people," she said.
This con is similar to another phone scam that claimed you had a free Life Alert system waiting and all you had to do to claim it was give a credit card.
If you encounter a caller you don't know, never give them your personal information. Be cautious, so you don't waste your money.