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Seniors being scammed by phone


Senior citizens in Klickitat County are getting phony telemarketing calls aimed at acquiring social security numbers.

“They call and ask you if you have back pain or pain in your knees or hips,” a caller to The Sentinel said of the calls. She asked not to be identified but wanted to report the scam calls.

“Well, what senior doesn’t experience those kinds of pain?” she said.

“Once you answer ‘yes’ to their questions, they start talking about how their company can help you get braces and other medical equipment fully paid for you. Then they say, ‘All we need to get you started on this fabulous program is your Medicare number.”

The Medicare number is a person’s social s...

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