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Monday, September 25, 2017

Scam targets senior citizens

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services want to alert area seniors about a scam that recently came to light. It involves seniors receiving phone calls purportedly from the agency on aging and adult services.

Consumers are getting calls that appear to come from that office’s general telephone number — 610-782-3034. Aging and adult services is not making these calls. In fact, the office’s caller ID number would not show that number.

According to Martin, the person making the calls asks senior citizens about Medicare supplements and other services. After a few other questions, the caller abruptly hangs up. It appears the caller hangs up as soon as the recipient says the word “yes.”

The office of aging and adult services found out about this scam because seniors who were out at the time the calls came in to them returned home and saw the number on their telephones. The seniors then called the office to ask why they had been called by the agency, when in fact, they had not been.

At this point, the calls seem to be occurring in the Whitehall area, but all Lehigh County seniors need to be aware and vigilant.

Martin urges seniors never to give any personal information to any caller they don’t know and to report receipt of these calls to the agency on aging and adult services. The number to use to report is 610-782-3034.