Don’t Be Fooled By A Medicare Phone Scam
A Springfield woman received a call from a heavily accented man purporting to be from Medicare. The caller said that she would be receiving a new Medicare card and needed to confirm a few facts. The caller confirmed her name, address and Phone number (all public information) then the caller started asking for banking information. The caller ID number was (617)284-1955 which comes back as disconnected.
Medicare will never call you and ask for banking information. It’s a good rule of thumb to never give out any information about you, your bank or your family over the phone, even if you believe the call is legitimate. Always initiate contact yourself with any company or government organization you are affiliated with. Always tell callers that you will call back or do what our Smokey reader in Springfield did “I just hung up the phone” she said..
The woman that received the call was concerned because the call seemed relatively professional and she worried that others may fall for the scam. Smokey confirmed that the scam is real and has been going on for some time now.
This is the second phone scam to hit Robertson County in recent days. The other phone scam involved individuals indicating they were with Cumberland Electric. Those who received the call were told they need to pay their power bill over the phone with a credit card to avoid deactivation of power service. For the full story go here..
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