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    Possible Medicare Scam...

    Hi All,

    My 83-year old Mom just got a phone call from a 409 area code wanting to confirm her name address and telephone number before sending her her Medicare card. I was in another room at the time when I heard her conversation. I asked for the phone and someone with a very thick accent spoke to me and wanted to verify her address and then wanted me to get her latest Social Security check to verify some more info. At that point I told him I didn't think he was from Medicare and hung up. My Mom was going to hang up before I got there anyway, which was good. Just wanted to let people know the scammers may be out there today.
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    Thanks for the info. Seems like they are preying on the elderly. Aweful
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    I had a scammer for something else. They wanted my SS number. I hung up, thanks for the info.
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    yep, I keep telling my hubby never to say the word YES on the telephone to anyone! we get 20 telemarketers calling every week. and yes we are on the Do Not Call List. now they are calling my cell phone. sigh. I don't trust anyone anymore. Sad but true.

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    If you don't recognize the area code or phone number, simply do not pick up the phone. If you have an answering machine, let it pick up. Sometimes to just stop the phone from ringing when I see an unrecognized phone number, I will hit the talk button and then immediately hit the end button.

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    We now have Medicare part D. DH was upset to be told that his diabetic testing strips would be $50, at our local CVS. Since these were previously without co pay from a different supplier, he called everyone concerned and eventually paid $8, better, but still wrong. Even major companies can scam you.

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    I agree with nivosum. Caller ID is worth every penny they charge. If we don't recognize the name or number, we don't answer. We have an answering machine and 99.9% of the time, they don't leave a message! I don't answer unknowns on my cell phone either. Being on the do not call list doesn't seem to help!!!

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    I read some where that if you get a call and no one answers it is obviously a pest call, so just hit the # key a few times and it will throw you out of the system. I have been doing that lately and it seems to work.

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    I answer no questions over the phone unless I am the one making the call.

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    Another scam, my DH got a phone call and left a message asking him to call due to some issue with his Debit Card. He called me and I told him if it wasn't the Bank and a local number then don't call back. Scammers are clever.

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    Probably was a scam.

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    I keep phone numbers of medicare and all we do business with. If I get a call I hang up and call the number I have and ask if I was called and why.Most have told me they will never call and ask for your SS#.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivosum View Post
    If you don't recognize the area code or phone number, simply do not pick up the phone. If you have an answering machine, let it pick up. Sometimes to just stop the phone from ringing when I see an unrecognized phone number, I will hit the talk button and then immediately hit the end button.
    Exactly, too many people are scamming these days and it is better to 'field' the call and let them leave a message. You can always call them back.
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    I had someone call a while back offering prostate medication. I told them I had mine removed years ago.
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    I get the "no one there" calls all the time. What irritates me is I have to go thru, listen to silence and then delete the message. My phone keeps telling me I have "unanswered calls" if I don't clear out the cache! Takes a bunch of time.

    Medicare would never call you. There are probably going to be a lot of scams out there as the new health care law kicks in!

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    Most of the time I do not answer the phone. We only have the land line because of the security system for the home and business, and the important people know to call the cell. But occasionally I answer and I drive them nuts. I ask questions that have nothing to do with what they want. I ask them to speak up then ask why they are yelling at me. I give answers that make no sense. I just basically jabber and start a whole story-telling-gossip session. If they last longer that a minute or so without hanging up, I start in on how there are aliens among us, that "big brother is after me" and how this phone call is be monitored from space. Pretty much don't get a call back. I get my laugh for the day.

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    oh my, my Son answered his door once and did the alien thing to whom ever it was. they left quickly!!! works in person too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneighbor View Post
    Most of the time I do not answer the phone. We only have the land line because of the security system for the home and business, and the important people know to call the cell. But occasionally I answer and I drive them nuts. I ask questions that have nothing to do with what they want. I ask them to speak up then ask why they are yelling at me. I give answers that make no sense. I just basically jabber and start a whole story-telling-gossip session. If they last longer that a minute or so without hanging up, I start in on how there are aliens among us, that "big brother is after me" and how this phone call is be monitored from space. Pretty much don't get a call back. I get my laugh for the day.
    Thank you for a good laugh, and I will have to rememeber your method, sounds like a lot of fun. Most I ever had was when sales man would not take no for an answer from my husband. He handed me phone and I asked the idiot which part of no didn't he understand and to get lost.

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    Oh, my dad was a joker, too! The local hm-hm house (you know with the red light) had a phone # that was one digit different than my folk's number. So when someone would call and ask for a girl, he'd reply with various renditions of, "Well, she's busy right now, but if she has time, I'll have her call you back." Then he'd hang up and laugh like crazy. Or he might say to the room, " This guy is calling for >>>>>, has anyone seen her today?" What a jokester he was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nivosum View Post
    If you don't recognize the area code or phone number, simply do not pick up the phone. If you have an answering machine, let it pick up. Sometimes to just stop the phone from ringing when I see an unrecognized phone number, I will hit the talk button and then immediately hit the end button.
    I do the same thing. My phone rings off the wall during the week. I check to see if it's anyone I know. Most of the time it's "private number", or just a bunch of numbers that don't make sense. I too hit the talk button and then hang up when I get tired of the ringing. Sometimes I answer, than lay the phone down and go do something else. haha One time I answered and they asked for Mr.( my husband). I told them he was at work and I just cleaned his house. haha They hung up on me!

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    So sad how people treat others! They always seem to know how to trick they elderly or helpless. Makes me SICK! The worst part is I've read how they are doing so much of these scams overseas and when it happens nothing can be done to help!
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    I recieved the same phone call and one from IRS. They are scams

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    We have an answer machine and our recording message is: You have reached the "our last name" , we do screen our calls so please leave a message and we'll call back. Most of the time they just hang up. If we recognize the # or who it is, we'll answer. Maybe we won't....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    yep, I keep telling my hubby never to say the word YES on the telephone to anyone! we get 20 telemarketers calling every week. and yes we are on the Do Not Call List. now they are calling my cell phone. sigh. I don't trust anyone anymore. Sad but true.
    We are also on the DO NOT CALL LIST, even supposed to have it on our cells, but we still get calls on land line and our cells. I get so tired of this mess!! Wishing for the good ole days when we didn't have so many people trying to make a quick buck from everyone, because they are too lazy to get a real job and do honest work.

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    last night I spent about 45 minutes filling out complaint forms on my callers. they just change numbers but maybe it will help. I surely hope so, i'm losing my patience. and I don't give my SS number to anybody anymore!! period. well the Government and an employer if I had one.

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