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February 18, 2011

Agencies Warn Seniors of Fraud


Agencies warn seniors of fraud
'Don't give any information out over the phone'
By SHANTEE WOODARDS, Staff Writer
02/16/11

A Glen Burnie resident didn't think much of the call she got alerting her to a new Medicare card.

Last week the caller identified himself as an employee of the National Medical Corp. and said he needed to verify her name and address. The 76-year-old resident didn't get suspicious until he asked for the name of her bank and her account number.
Then she remembered a similar call she received two years ago. That time she pretended she had dementia and refused to answer questions. This time she didn't give any information, a move local officials applaud.
"I told him, 'If you have information, can you put in the mail and give it to me?' " said the resident, who declined to give her name. "There are so many people out there trying to scam (the elderly). … This could be a problem for people a little older than me."




There also have been occasions on which seniors have been sent packages that look like they come from the federal government and contain requests for money or identifying information. Those packages, like the telemarketers, should be ignored, said Mary Felter a spokeswoman for the Department of Aging and Disabilities.


"The answer is: Don't give any information out over the phone," Felter said. "Do not respond (to those calls). Hang up the phone."



Abridged
SOURCE:     Home Town Annapolis
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