FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Like many of us, a woman we'll call "Martha" watches the news every day and keeps up with the Better Business Bureau about the latest scams going on in the area.
So when she answered a call from a man with a heavy accent who claimed to be from Medicare, in hindsight, she's surprised she talked to him.
He knew everything about her, including where she banked and the bank's routing number.
He told her he needed the rest of the numbers on the bottom of her check to be able to send her a new Medicare card.
She gave him the information, then called Medicare after hanging up, because she realized she'd been scammed.
“He knew my bank routing number, and so I figured that he wanted my account number. He wanted the remaining numbers on the bottom of my check. And I was stupid enough to give 'em to him,” Martha said.
The person “Martha” talked to at Medicare said they'd been getting hundreds of similar calls, and recommended she call her bank, which she did. So far, no money has been pulled out of her account.
She also called the Better Business Bureau, which told her they'd received calls like hers, as well.
"Martha" is embarrassed she made this mistake, saying she knows better. But she wanted to share her story to make sure people like her realize scammers are out there.