A new “spin” on the scam scene is making itself known in the area, and it is targeting Medicare this time.

The Lanark Police Department received two reports within the last week from people who have received a phone call from a person representing themselves to be with either Social Security or Medicare. According to Chief Matt Magill, the scam usually starts with a series of questions from the caller which is designed to make the call seem legitimate. The scammer says the call is about doing a “Medicare Home Assessment”, and may say it is because of COVID-19 that they are “doing this by telephone now”.

After some of the questions, the scam caller will mention some information that is on the victim’s Medicare Card, but not specifically ask any question. The caller will say “The bottom corner has a number on it that is your ID number”, and then pauses. If the victim is not being careful, they will then read the number off, which is exactly what the scammer wants to hear.

Remember, NEVER give out personal information over the phone, EVER! Chief Magill reminds us that the IRS, Social Security, or other agencies will NEVER ask for such information over the phone. If you receive a call such as this, simply hang-up. Don’t say anything, or try to out-smart the caller. Just hang-up, it is always your best move!