OMAHA(KPTM)- The Better Business Bureau is warning seniors about a new scam that targets those who receive medicare benefits.
Jim Hegarty of the Better Business Bureau in Omaha, says thieves are using changes in the health care system to steal from seniors. "Unfortunately seniors all over our region and really all over the country are receiving calls from scammers who are impersonating a federal official, stating that they are calling them because of the new health care reform and the impact it has on them as a senior," said Hegarty.
Marian Kerr thought she got a call from a government worker to confirm her medicare information, after she hung up, she thought she was talking to a thief instead. "They made you think that they had all of this information and they're trying to confirm it with you, but you're supposed to tell them, " said Kerr, who ended up giving the caller her checking account information.
Fortunately for Kerr, the account hasn't been touched, but she wants to use her experience to warn other seniors. "Don't give your information out over the phone," said Kerr.
If you suspect that you've been targeted by a con artist, call police. The Better Business Bureau also has a help line specifically for seniors. To get extra assistance from the BBB, call 877-637-3334.
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