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Archive for January, 2012
IKEA is recalling some high chairs because they pose a fall hazard to tots. For details, click here.
If you get a call from an outfit calling itself the National Medical Office, hang up.
Mary VanDyke, 81, of Temperance is among the seniors who has been getting some of those calls. The caller wants to send her husband a new national medical card.
All that’s needed, the caller says, are the bank account numbers where the VanDyke’s Social Security checks are deposited.
The caller verifies her address and asks for account numbers.
The caller ID on her phone shows the call originating in New York. The caller is a man with a foreign accent. The phone number is the same (347) 418-0487.
She figured it was a scam and refused to give out any personal information
Research on the Web shows that the telephone number where the call originated and others that only are a digit or two different apparently are being used for a range of ruses, including people posing as collectors for payday loan offices.
Others who have reported receiving such calls alternately have described the callers as having an Indian, Middle Eastern or Asian accent and the callers become rude when questioned about why they were calling and how they got the name of the person they were calling.
The FBI says seniors often are targeted by telemarketing scammers because they often are more trusting than others and often have financial resources that scammers are eager to tap. The agency advises seniors simply to say “no thanks” and hang up. Seniors and others also can prevent sales calls by registering their telephone number on the federal “Do Not Call” registry. They can do so by calling (888) 382-1222 from the phone that they wish to register or can register it by visiting www.donotcall.gov online.