Thieves Targeting Seniors by Offering Bogus Medical Card (Betty Sexton)

These days answering the phone can be expensive and time-consuming. Just ask Melvin who lives in Fountain. All he did was take a call from New York. Hours later he was forced to close his checking account.


Melvin says the man on the phone claimed to be with a New York medical office.  The man with a heavy accent, offered to send him a card which would help offset 80% of his medical bills.

Melvin says he went along with the guy because he already had a lot of his personal information, including his bank account number and routing number. Melvin says the caller claimed he got the info from the Social Security Administration.

Later, Melvin called the local social security office and me ... and learned he was given a bunch of baloney.

Just remember, Uncle Sam will never share your private information. I found countless others had also complained about these crooks.

The number they're calling from is in the Bronx, New York, (347) 418-0487. To some the thieves claim to be with Medicare, to others they say they boast they can help with Medicare.

Bottom line, don't ever believe the words of a stranger. Check out a group before giving them any information. If you're suspicious, don't be afraid to hang up.

Melvin was lucky. He was able to close his checking account before identity thieves could steal a dime.

If you ever need help checking on a group, call or email us. We're here to help and frustrate crooks.


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