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Updated: 5/03/2013 2:02 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Amory Police Department has been made aware of a telephone scam on senior citizens in reference to Medicare.

The caller states the person’s Medicare card needs to be replaced and wants to get bank account information.

The caller, most of the time, gives all or part of the person’s bank account number wanting to verify if it is correct.

The caller is giving a call back number of 866-753-7321.

Recently, an Amory citizen was contacted by a caller with a foreign accent asking for personal information, including their bank account number.

The scam’s not new and similar ones have been reported as early as 2006. This type of scam is well documented on the internet.

Amory Police Chief Ronnie Bowen advises seniors to protect their Medicare and Social Security cards, show them only to known medical staff and to not give out account numbers over the phone.

Once personal information is obtained, criminals can use it to withdraw funds from one’s bank or fraudulently obtain Medicare benefits on the compromised account, authorities say.

Seniors who think they have been victimized by a scam may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) if they need to verify any contact about their Medicare account.

The Amory Police Department reminds everyone that they should never give personal identification or financial information to anyone who calls them.

Government and banking institutions will contact the person by mail and ask for the person to call, if necessary.
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