BBB is warning senior about a scam

BBB is warning senior about a scam
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 10:02pm

The Better Business Bureau has a warning for you.

A nationwide alert has been issued urging seniors to beware of a telephone call from AFD Medical Advisors.

They are selling a prescription drug discount plan or referencing to Medicare and requesting bank information.

In all cases, AFD Medical Advisor Representatives requested a bank account number and withdrew $299.

The BBB offers these tips:
 - Register your phone number with the National Do-Not-Call registry at (888) 382-1222 and with the Wisconsin Do-Not-Call registry at (866) 966-2255 or visit www.donotcall.gov. Telemarketers who continue to call you after you have registered are subject to penalties.
 - Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card or bank account numbers, date of birth, or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
 - Report suspicious callers to family members, assisted living facility managers, neighbors or friends.
 - Check with the BBB before dealing with any company or charity that you are not familiar with.
 - Don't yield to high-pressure or emotional sales tactics.
 - Consider changing your telephone number to an unlisted number.
 - Check on seniors often and discuss their activities with them.
 - Review their bank statements, looking for unusual withdrawals or charges.
 - Remember, you may simply hang up the phone when a stranger calls.

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