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Scammers target Medicare enrollees, but local resident smarter in end

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By Cindy Simpson

Medicare and Social Security scams continue to be a big problem targeting seniors and the elderly.

Rockwood’s Mary Kau believes she was the target of a recent scam attempt.Someone called and asked her for information, saying she was going to be sent a new Medicare card.

“In order to verify who I was, they wanted verification of my bank account,” Kau said. “They said, ‘Go get your checkbook.’ I said I don’t feel comfortable.”

When she said she was going to call and check with Medicare, the caller hung up.

“I did call Medicare. They said they do not make outbound calls like that,” Kau said.

She has also contacted the Federal Trade Commission and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Agency.