Medicare Scam Back in the Region, Targeting the Elderly
NBCRightNow.com - An Oregon woman says she was almost the victim of a scam targeting the elderly.
The Better Business Bureau says this scam is very sensitive for people because it's targeting those enrolled in Medicare, and people are easily giving up information because they don't want any problems with their medical coverage.
The scammers pretend they're calling to update information, to send out a new Medicare card or medical equipment.
Carol Bourd from Oregon says she received one of these phone calls recently. She told NBC Right Now the scammer already knew some of her personal information before asking for even more.
"They wanted to be sure they had the right address, and then they told me what me address was, and they had my telephone number, then they asked me what bank I banked at and my social security number," Bourd said.
The BBB says scammers will have some of your basic information, such as an address, to earn your trust so you give them more details. They recommend to always be suspicious and to never give out your personal information to a stranger.