New Scam Making Its Way Around the Country


by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - A warning about the latest scam.

The Better Business Bureau has received a number of complaints in the past few days.

If someone calls you asking you for your checking account number so you can receive your new Medicare card, don't fall for it.

If you are receiving your Social Security benefits, you are a target for this scam.

This trick is not just in the Basin, but all over the country.

The scam is very simple.

You will get a call, the scammers claim they will send you a new Medicare card, but here is the catch, they need your checking account.

Here are some things you need to know so you don't fall into this trap.

"The government does not need to verify your personal information, number one ; number two, they will be not be making that phone call, because they are just going to mail that paper work, so the consumer needs to be very careful about not giving out their social security number or their date of birth, or their checking account number," Trish Powell with the Better Business Bureau, said.

Also if you get this call at odd hours you should be suspicious, Government agencies are not open before 8 in the morning or after 5 in the afternoon.

So far in the Basin, only one person has fallen victim to this scam. The amount of cash the person lost is unknown.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please don't hesitate to call authorities.