Medicare scam targeting elderly

FERGUSON, Mo. (KSDK) - A Ferguson woman has a warning. She got a call Friday from someone telling her she needed a new Medicare card. But when they asked for her bank information, she hung up and contacted NewsChannel 5.

"I'm old but I'm not dumb," said Joan DeWitt.

She says was able to spot a scammer before it was too late.

She says around 10:30 a.m. Friday she got a suspicious phone call. A man with a heavy accent said he was with the Medicare office and told her she needed a new card. He had most of her personal information including her name and address, but he wanted more.

"He wanted the name of my bank and I said no, I didn't think so because I don't think that was safe and as soon as I said no the phone went dead he immediately hung up," said DeWitt.

That's when she contacted Medicare's fraud department who directed her to the federal trade commission. She filed a complaint with them. She also contacted us.

"I wanted to get this out to the public so no one else has their social security check compromised," said DeWitt.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says Dewitt is the first person who reported this scam to his department. He says DeWitt did exactly what she was supposed to do.

"No reputable government agency, no reputable bank, business , credit card company is going to cold call you and ask for your social security number, or your phone number, your date of birth or anything like that," said Chief Jackson.

Ferguson Police continue to investigate and plan on working with other jurisdictions on this case.

NewsChannel 5 called the Federal Trade Commission and have yet to hear back, but DeWitt says when she called them they told her at least four other people called Friday citing the same concerns.


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