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Glen Rock Police Warn of Scam Targeting Elderly

Caller claims Medicare benefits are expiring, then attempts to clear out bank accounts with personal information.

A Glen Rock senior was targeted by a Medicare fraud scheme and police believe it could be part of a widespread criminal effort.

According to Detective James Calaski, a borough resident received a phone call warning her that Medicare benefits were about to expire and prompt action was needed. After providing some basic personal details of the resident, the scammer then asked the victim to provide banking and other personal information.

The victim, Calaski said, found the line of questioning alarming and later called the police department. She did not provide information that led to any theft, the detective told Patch.

Detectives traced back the number (407-934-6827) to Orlando, Florida, home of the iconic mouse. Calaski said Disney is aware the number associated with its company has been used in fraud attempts but is not believed to be in any way involved.

The recording, he said, leads him to believe the scheme is fairly widespread. The number is likely a "spoofing," meaning the call originates somewhere else.

No other borough residents have reported being approached for the scam, Calaski added.

Police are urging residents to never divulge personal information over the phone, particularly under strange circumstances. If residents have any questions, they're encouraged to call the police department at (201) 652-3800.

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