|Date of Release: Monday, May 05, 2008
Reference: ALERT - Telephone / Medicare Scam
In the past week, the Portsmouth Police have received reports from two residents of an apparent telephone fraud scheme. Both residents received unsolicited telephone calls from a male speaking with a thick accent (possibly middle-eastern).
The male caller identifies himself as a government employee calling the victims to give them their “NEW MEDICARE NUMBER”. The caller alleges that Medicare is issuing new numbers to all Medicare recipients and then asks for personal identifying information, including bank account numbers so that they can issue the new number. The male caller is insistent and threatens the victims with the loss of Medicare benefits if they do not provide the requested information.
THIS IS A FRAUD! NEVER give out personal identifying information to unknown callers. If you receive a call such as described above or any unsolicited call from someone requesting your personal identifying or bank account information, hang up and call your local police.
MICHAEL J. MAGNANT
CHIEF OF POLICE