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Scam Targets People On Medicare

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

If you pay into social security, you're helping to foot the bill for medicare scams. And if you're one of the 44 million people on medicare, consider yourself a target.

A local man has a warning to make sure you don't get fooled.

It's hard to pull one past Leland Campbell. The Marine Corps veteran spent his years of service mastering cryptography, deciphering code for safe communication.

"You kind of learn to have a red flag when you first talk to somebody you don't know," he said.

So he was armed from the start when he took a call requesting personal information from a man claiming to be with the US government.

"He said I'm calling from the Social Security Department. And that was the red flag for me because nobody here calls it the Social Security Department."

After all, it's the Social Security Administration. A mistake, others may not have caught.

The caller went on to say they were issuing new cards and needed to verify his information.

It's a phishing scam Kim Reyes at Appalachian Council of Government has heard time and again.

"People call us and say Medicare called me and said I'm going to give you a new card and we're like, Medicare doesn't call you."

You may not believe any of your parents or grandparents would fall for this scam, but Reyes says she knows people who have given over bank account numbers, and Campbell does, too.

"People that I know have been scammed," he said.

Campbell hopes you'll warn your older relatives who may not have the same healthy dose of skepticism he learned while in the service. 

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