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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Senior faced with medical-related scam

A Windom area senior citizen reported what is apparently a common scam that has hit area seniors and it involves payments for medical equipment.

The woman said the male caller said, “I will get a new, better, Medicare card.”

Then the conversation took a strange turn.

“He goes on to tell me that I have a bad back and need a back brace, which (he said) my doctor says that I need,” she recalled. “I told him, ‘I do not have a bad back.’ But days later, a box arrived. I called him back and said I would mail it back.”

At that point, the caller/scammer became upset. He told her that she would be charged for it.

In conferring with her doctor, the woman learned that this is not an isolated case. It has happened to others in the area.

“Do not listen to this scam story,” the woman stressed. “Only Medicare will send a new card.”

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Local law enforcement is concerned about the impact of scams on area residents, particularly the elderly.

Consequently, this newspaper works with local police and sheriff’s departments to keep residents updated on common schemes. Scam Alerts will appear in future editions as often as possible in the coming weeks.

Readers can also find online scam updates at windomnews.com.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential).
Send your story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.

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