Consumer Watch: Medicare scams trying to collect from elderly

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - - One of our viewers contacted our consumer line recently after someone stole nearly $500 from his checking account in a medicare scam. He wanted to warn other senior citizens how the scam works, and what to look out for.

George Craigmyle is a Korean War Veteran who has worked hard for everything he's ever had in life.
So when someone tried to take it from him he got fired up. He then called WHAS11 to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.

George says it started with a call from someone who claimed he needed a new medicare card. "They asked me for all kinds of numbers and then they asked me for the number on the bottom of my check. Well dumb me, I gave it to them," explained Craigmyle.

George became suspicious when his caller ID read private so he immediately went to his bank.
Sure enough $447.34 was drawn from his account in a check made out to R-BEN. Luckily he got to them in time to put security on the account, and the bank got it back. "I was worried sick. I actually wanted to throw up because I'm on a fixed income and I didn't know how in the world I was going to take care of my bills," explained the Korean War Veteran.

These scams can be very complex, but here's a simple rule. If someone calls you no matter whom they say they are, don't give out personal information over the phone. Once you bite on one of these scams you're often on the hook for dozens of other calls. George called me Wednesday to let me know he got another call from someone outside of the country Tuesday afternoon trying to lure him into another scam. This time he didn't bite.

 

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