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By Genevieve Shuey
For The Sentinel 

Fraud remains a hot 'business'


August 14, 2019

You may have noticed the rash of phone and email scammers targeting Goldendale citizens recently. Some readers report receiving as many as 10 calls a day from very aggressive, demanding callers. Although many of the solicitations originate from overseas—Pakistan, China, and Nigeria are common points of origin—lately grifters from the U.S. are zeroing in on your personal information.

Medicare numbers are especially valuable to these scammers. They will use fear, aggression, and flat-out lies to obtain your number. Their aim is to bill Medicare—i.e., taxpayers—thousands of dollars for unnecessary tests. They attempt to frighten consumers with talk of cancer, state that their tests...

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