DATE & TIME: 09-27-2019 / 1700
LOCATION: Rural Beatrice
OFFENSE: Medicare Scam
CASE #: 2019-5198
A resident of rural Beatrice called the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and notified an investigator she had been hoodwinked into providing personal information to a caller claiming to be from Medicare. She stated she was told she needed a new Medicare card and the charlatan calling her asked her for her Medicare card number and her birthdate, which she provided. After she hung up, she instantly realized she had fallen for this cozen and called the “800” number on the back of her Medicare card and confirmed it.
The investigator, after confirming she had not lost any money or provided any banking, credit or financial information, advised her she should also report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission, directing her to the link on the Gage County Sheriffs’ Office website at http://www.gagecountysheriff.us/fraud.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office strongly suggests people not provide personal, financial, or confidential information to unknown persons over the phone, in person, vial mail, or on the Internet. Someone wanting to “confirm” your private, personal, or financial information should provide you with the information and ask if that is correct. A reputable firm or entity will not request any pre-payment and will not ask you to provide non-standard payment, i.e. getting gift cards and providing the redemption information to them.
If you believe you have been scammed or defrauded. Contact your local police department (Wymore PD or Beatrice PD), or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator. Do not be bullied, threatened or rushed into making a decision or providing any information.
Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903
Investigator T. Hanson #90310