Social Security scam targets elderly

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— Steamboat Springs police are warning residents to not provide personal information to a company that is targeting elderly residents as part of a Social Security scam.

Police Det. Matt Harmon said an elderly woman called the police department Tuesday to report receiving a call from "Medical Provisions" asking for her checking account number to receive a Social Security medical identification number.

The caller asked for the woman's name, mailing address and to confirm whether she received Social Security, Harmon said.

The caller said the woman's medical identification number, which she would need to access medical benefits, could be sent only after she provided her bank account number.

"She was good enough to know this was bogus and called the police after the (caller) hung up and a 'Medical Provisions' supervisor called her back," Harmon said. "She was concerned they were targeting elderly people."

Medical Provisions is not a legitimate company, he said.

Harmon said the woman is the first Steamboat Springs person to report receiving the phone call, but he warned other residents to be aware of other calls.

"The best thing is to never, ever give out personal information over the phone," he said. "If the person continues to harass you, it never hurts to just hang up and call the police."

Anyone contacted by someone claiming to be with Medical Provisions is asked to call the police department at 879-4344.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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