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TWINSBURG, Ohio — Police in Twinsburg are cracking down on a scam they say is targeting the city’s elderly citizens.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs is warning residents to be on alert after several seniors reported receiving calls from fake Medicare employees, who tried to gain access to their personal information.

Here’s how Twinsburg police describe the scheme:

“How the scam works is the caller claims to be from Medicare and is verifying the consumer’s name, address, and telephone number and date of birth because they are issuing new Medicare cards. While they have you on the line, the caller also asks for additional information such as the name of your bank where your social security checks are deposited along with your bank account numbers.”

If you receive such a call, police advise you to hang up on the caller mid-sentence and say “no, thank you,” particularly because Medicare does not call beneficiaries to verify their information.

For more information on this warning, or other scams, call the Office of Consumer Affairs at (330) 643-2879. Or, click HERE.

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