BRIEF: Phone scam making its way through county
Mar 05, 2013 (Jackson County Floridan - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Marianna Police Department is warning local citizens of a phone scam that's starting to make its way through the community. But the first intended victim was too savvy for the scammers and she wants to help warn others.
The victim got a call on March 4 from a man with a foreign accent who identified himself as an employee of the U.S. government. He said that all senior citizens were about to receive new Medicare cards and that he was calling to help expedite the process for her.
He asked her about her bank and her account and then asked her to read the numbers off the bottom of one of her blank checks. Realizing that his questions were suspicious and were likely part of an attempt to access her money, she ended the call and contacted police without giving him the information. Police say she did the right thing, and that she is to be commended for coming forward so that others could be put on alert.
Police say all others who have such encounters should also report the incident and should never give out such vital information over the phone.
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