Medicare phone scam in the valley crosses over into Lincoln County – one scammer had a Far Eastern Indian accent
There is a phone scam targeting Medicare beneficiaries throughout areas of Oregon. Phone calls had been reported in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and now in Lincoln County. This morning, the local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), run by RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), received a phone call from a concerned Lincoln County resident. The resident said she received a suspicious phone call this morning and hung up the phone before giving out any personal information. The caller identified himself as a Medicare representative and said he needed to issue the woman a new Medicare card. The caller stated the woman’s mailing address and asked if it was correct. Then, the caller asked what bank she uses and asked for her bank account number. It was at this time that she knew something fishy was going on and hung up the phone. She said the male caller had a Far Eastern Indian accent.
The Senior Medicare Patrol, a new service of RSVP, said the caller is not associated with Medicare and is not going to send a new Medicare card. He/she wants the bank account number to drain the beneficiary’s bank account. They say do not give out your Medicare number to anyone claiming to be associated with Medicare. Typically, giving out your Medicare number over the phone is not safe unless you initiated the phone call.
Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of this kind of scam should report it immediately to local law enforcement, their bank and the Senior Medicare Patrol. To contact the SMP in Lincoln County, call 541-574-2684. For more information on how to protect yourself from Medicare scams, visit www.RSVPofLincolnCounty.org.