Deputies Warn Against Medicare Scammers
The callers are saying they have new prescription drug cards for elderly residents.
Pasco County Sheriff’s officials are urging residents to take care when they pick up the phone.
A new round of scam calls has been reported in the area. The callers are telling those who pick up their phones that they have new 80-percent discount Medicare prescription drug cards to send out to them. In order to get the card, however, the call recipient needs to make sure the card number and the person’s checking account number match.
“It’s a twist on an old scam,” said Kevin Doll, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The callers are trying to get the person’s bank account information.
At least two Pasco County residents didn’t take the bait and notified authorities instead, Doll said. Both provided deputies with a number the caller gave them “to contact Medicare,” an offense incident report said. When the number was called by the sheriff’s office, a recording came on and then the call was disconnected.
Doll said the sheriff’s office suspects the calls are originating from out of the country. Residents should be aware that the calls are scams and should not give out personal information, such as bank account numbers over the phone.
While Pasco officials know of the two residents who came forward, they are unsure of how many others have been called. At this time, Doll said they don’t know if there have been any victims.
Residents who believe they have been victimized by this scam or any others can report incidents to the sheriff’s office by calling 813-996-6982.