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Medicare scam now targeting Southwest Virginia seniors

Published On: Mar 14 2013 05:02:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2013 05:13:13 PM CDT

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about suspicious phone calls, claiming to be from Medicare. The BBB says the calls are a scam.

In the calls, those seniors contacted say they were instructed to provide their banking information in order to replace expiring Medicare cards.

BBB says many phone numbers are associated with the scam, but the most prevalent number now being used is from 409-574-1214, claiming to be from Texas.

The person, claiming to be from Medicare, will ask for the consumer's Medicare card number which close to, or sometimes the same, as the person's Social Security Number.  Consumers are then asked to give their banking information for a new card.

"Medicare and Medicaid will not call to update information or issue a new card," said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB serving Western VA. "We want to make sure our consumers guard their personal information, especially against unknown callers."

If you, or someone you know, has received a call like that, you should hang up and report it to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General at 1-800-447-8477.