Phone Scam Targets Seniors

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

I answered the phone and this guy wanted my bank account number because he said something was wrong with it.

GARY MILLER KNEW SOMETHING WAS UP WHEN HE ANSWERED THE PERSON ON THE OTHER LINE WOULDN'T IDENTIFY HIMSELF.

I told him 'no'... then he said 'right' and hung up.

Some seniors have lost five figures.

BRUCE FERGUSON WITH THE LANSING POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THESE SCAMS ARE CYCLICAL... APPEARING EACH TIME WITH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TWIST... BUT, USUALLY AS A PERSON OF AUTHORITY.

They say they are doing it to protect your money, when really they are trying to get at your bank account number or routing number.

FOR THE MILLER'S IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THEY WERE TARGETED... THREE TIMES BEFORE COLLEEN HAD SOMEONE TRYING TO GET HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

I called the company and they said they didn't do it.

If you call them, that's one thing. But, seldom to banks or other places ask you over the phone for your account information.

AND IF YOU DO RECEIVE A SUSPICIOUS PHONE CALL, REPORT IT... BECAUSE THE SCAM ARTISTS MAY STILL BE IN THE AREA.

Often times they'll meet with the seniors in a parking lot or some place like that.

You just have to be careful with your personal information from now on.


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