Elderly Scam

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- It's the latest scam to hit the Basin and people more than 65 years of of age are the primary targets. Gloria Middleton, lives on a fixed income and when she started getting phone calls from people who claim to be from the Federal Government her interested piqued.

"I must have gotten fifteen phone calls just last week," Middleton said men and women posing as government agents called during the day.

Despite her interest she didn't bite, she knew as soon as they started asking her to verify her name, address, and social security. Middelton contacted the Better Business Bureau, and they told her she was smart not to give out any information.

"I know there are other people in that same situation," said Middleton, "I don't know where these scams are coming from but they are getting bolder and bolder."

NewsWest Nine contacted the BBB, and they told us the scam is real and there are numerous reports of people in the basin who have received calls. Officials say they usually target the elderly, and in most cases they are offering help with information about Medicaid Plan C and no such plans exists.