Valley Woman Warns of Medicare Card Scam

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

A good neighbor wants to warn you about a scam phone call. It deals with changes to Medicare, but nothing about it is true.

News 3's Deon Guillory uncovered that this scam has been making its way across the country for the last year and a half. It's coming from someone with a Las Vegas number, but they gambled on the wrong woman.

Reba Simmons received the phone call Wednesday morning. She says a woman called her about a new Medicare card, asking to verify her address and her bank account number.

"She gave me nine numbers and said now, you finish them, and I told her I wasn't giving anybody my number over the telephone. I told her have a nice day and hung up," said Simmons.

Simmons has caller I.D. and wrote down the number. News 3's Deon Guillory called it three times and each time, there was a busy signal.

An internet search of the number shows that it is from Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

Several websites show comments from people who got the same call as Reba Simmons.

"It makes me angry," said Simmons.

Beth Bland, the Director of Senior Services for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County says this isn't unusual.

"People target older adults because they see them as a more vulnerable population," said Bland.

Bland works to help seniors avoid scams.

Simmons is trying to do the same.

"I just want everybody to know that it is happening," said Bland.

So you won't roll the dice and have nothing left in your bank account.

If you've received a phone call for a deal or program that may seem fishy, call the Valley Program for Aging Services at 540-568-5688.

If you feel you've been a victim of a scam or someone tried to trick you into one, call News 3's Deon Guillory at 540-433-9191 ext. 115 or you can send him an e-mail...Deon.Guillory@whsv.com.


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