By Cozette Eldridge
W.P. Co. Field Representative
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people get duped by con artists. By arming yourself with information and being aware of common scams, you can take steps to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.
One of the top scams is IRS imposters who usually phone or e-mail their intended victim. They claim you owe back taxes and must make a payment immediately or arrest and other legal consequences could result. Americans have lost almost $65 million through this scam. The IRS always sends bills through the postal service before contacting you. Never pay anything without checking directly with the IRS to see if you owe taxes.
The phone # is: 1-800-829-1040. Medicare scammers usually call stating you must pay a fee for your new ID card, or purchase Part D coverage, or are entitled to a refund, free medical equipment or a refund. They will ask for your Medicare ID number and your Social Security number. Safeguard your personal information carefully. Medicare representatives only contact people by regular mail. If you’re tired of answering your phone to find there is no one on the other end, don’t answer to a number you don’t recognize, screen you calls, if you do answer, don’t respond to any message. These silent calls are designed to identify potential scam targets. Once you answer, your number is added to a list and sold to any number of people. They set up a scam, calling you to warn you there’s a problem with your credit card, or they have a fantastic deal for a home security system, and a thousand other things to get your credit card information.
It’s common for scammers to pose as representatives of charitable organizations asking for donations. Don’t give a donation until you’ve researched the charity. Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org or BBB Wise Giving Alliance www.give.org are two sites to research to find legitimate charities.
One of the most harmful scams involves counterfeit medications sold on line. Many looking for cheaper prescription drugs online pay for medications that don’t arrive, do not contain the right active ingredients, are expired or contaminated. Beware of sites that don’t require a valid prescription or offer drugs at suspiciously discounted prices. Pharmacy Verified Websites Program, https://nabp.pharmacy/programs/dotpharmacy will verify legitimate pharmacies. To report a suspected scam contact Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or Fraud Hotline https://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline or Internet Crime Complaint Center https:www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
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FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1
MON. Sloppy Joes/Bun, Baked Beans, Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail
TUES. Salmon/Alfredo Sauce, Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit
WED. Pork Roast, Baked Potato/Cheese Sauce, Broccoli/Cauliflower, Fruit
THUR. Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Zucchini, Colorful Salad, Bread, Fresh Orange
FRI. Unavailable at this time