Medicare Scam in Gilchrist County
There have been several reports in Gilchrist County regarding a caller trying to get a hold of others bank account information.
Officials are warning citizens not to fall victim to this hoax.
"My kids can get my bank information, but anybody else I don't give it out over the phone or to people," said Darrell Wilkerson.
Wilkerson of Trenton said he's never received a phone call asking for his personal information, but he knows exactly what to do if he gets that call.
"I would hang up on them in a heartbeat," said Wilkerson.
Wilkerson and other residents should be aware of a current scam in Gilchrist County.
On Monday, at least three people reported receiving a phone call that seemed suspicious.
"People called in and said they had gotten the same type of phone call saying that this person was from Medicare and was asking for their account information," said Lt. Jeff Manning who is the Public Information Officer with the Gilchrist Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Manning said in the past, people have reported several scams, but never one that mentioned Medicare.
"We verified through medicare that that is not something they would normally do. They would never ask for account information over the telephone," said Lt. Manning.
On Monday the scam alert was posted on the Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office Facebook page. A woman named Linda Day commented on the post saying she someone called her cell phone around 11 a.m. on Monday and asked for her information.
Day wrote down the phone number the scammer called from.
The number is 412-430-5588, which is from Pennsylvania.
"That is where some of the issues come in. They're not always local. They can be anywhere within the country here. It can be from an outside country as well," said Lt. Manning.
In this scam the caller seems to be contacting elderly people.
Wilkerson who is 81 years said why he believes senior citizens may be an easier target.
"If you sit in the house all day and you don't do anything, your lonesome; if a phone call comes in, hey it's somebody to talk to," said Wilkerson.
Regardless of the situation, you should never give your personal and financial information to the person on the other side of the phone.
"It's a shame that our world has gotten to the point that they are preying on people, trying to take advantage of anything they can just to make a buck," said Wilkerson.
Lt. Manning said it's a red flag anytime anyone asks for your information by phone, email or standard mail.
If you get a call about this meidcare scam please contact your local law enforcement agency.
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