Seniors targeted in phone scam

January 23, 2014

Seniors are being targeted in a telephone scam, and Senior Solutions, serving Oconee and Anderson counties, says this scam resembles others that try to obtain personal information. Three members of the Senior Solutions Marketplace Cinema Center in Anderson report they were victims. The scam works this way: A call shows up on caller I-D as “toll-free” or “private.” The unknown caller claims to be from a county sheriff’s office. The seniors are told that papers are going to be served on them as the result of a non-payment of a medical, utility, or credit card bill. Some get a toll-free number to call. Others are told they can pay a specified amount to nullify their situation. Senior Solutions reminds seniors to never give personal information over the phone. If you are contacted by the scammers, contact law enforcement authorities.

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