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Medicare scam alert for elderly citizens

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According to the AARP of South Carolina, since the Department of Revenue was hacked in October 2012 there have been several complaints of someone with a Texas area code harassing elderly citizens.

The 409 area code has no answer when callers return the call but Gloria Jeffords of North Charleston told News 2 a man called her Monday night from that number (409-574-1214) claiming to be from Medicare and needing her bank account information.

"Whenever he wanted my bank account number, I knew then, don't answer," Jeffords said. She continued to put him on hold while he persisted to call her phone number.

The Trident Area Agency on Aging said never give out personal information no matter where the caller claims to be from, instead ask for a return number to have the power to call back and if the number seems fraudulent report to the agency or law enforcement.

"If you gave out your banking information, contact your banking institute and have a fraud alert put on there so if anything happens they'll know that person is not you," Angela Edwards of the Trident Area Agency on Aging said.

Medicare also suggests calling the number on the back of Medicare cards to check if your account has been tampered with and getting a reference number from them.

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