2017-11-09 / News

Individuals targeted by scammers

A Houghton Lake area woman told the Resorter she has received multiple unsolicited calls, one of which was from someone claiming to be from Medicare.

“He kept asking me questions,” she said. “I didn’t confirm or deny anything. I just asked him why he was calling. I was trying to get him to talk. Eventually, he hung up.”

She said she wrote down the un­wanted phone numbers to track them as they came in and did not answer the phone unless it was a number she knew. She also said when she put her phone number on the Do Not Call list, it did “not really” make a differ­ence and she still received calls.

In addition, she said, a few years ago, she had computer trouble and searched online for a support num­ber for Microsoft. She was charged $300, thinking she was buying sup­port from a company called Omni­tech Support, but she said it was a scam.

She alerted her friends on Face­book about these scams.

The Resorter also received a call from a man who said he had been contacted by someone claiming to represent Medicare.

He said the person was trying to confirm he had arthritis and asked for his Medicare ID number.

“They’re pretty smart with what they’re doing,” he said, adding that he would hate to see a senior citizen become a victim of a scam.

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