Money scam targets senior citizens

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - "He could have cleaned out my savings account, my checking account, who knows," said Iris Tressler, after receiving a call from a man asking for her bank account number. "He said, I am with the national Medicare, and I want to send you a new card."

Iris knew better, and refused to hand over that information. But, This scam has been circulating among senior citizens all over the lake area. The Better Business Bureau advises everyone to be careful.

"We have received a large number of calls from consumers, and most of the consumers have been senior citizens. Each senior citizen is telling us the same thing. They received a call from a foreign speaking individual who indicated that they were with Medicare," said Carmen Million with the Better Business Bureau.

Million said this happens all too often. One tactic, she said, scamers like to use involves the news.

"They will, if they fall for this scam, connect this call with the health issues that are in the news, and they will think it's legitimate."

When in doubt, it is safer to just say nothing, and absolutely never give anyone your personal information.

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