February 8, 2023

Compiled by Sarah Gray Managing Editor

Two Marshall residents say they are again receiving multiple scam calls, and they wanted the public to be aware of them.

One received an estimated 25 phone calls in one day. The most alarming to her was a caller who stated he was from Medicare, and he threatened to cancel her Medicare if she did not provide her personal information.

“Medicare has my information,” she said. “It’s the same people who call.”

Another resident said she received a call from someone stating she won a sweepstakes award – a sweepstakes she never entered.

The Federal Trade Commission stated scammers can fake the name and number that shows up on caller I.D., making it appear as though the call is coming from a local number or even a governmental agency. This is called “spoofing.”

“If someone calls you out of the blue and asks you to hand over personal information or wire money or pay with a gift card, it’s a scam,” the FTC stated on its website.

Robocalls are another type of phone scam and more than likely illegal. According to the FTC, “if you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall. A robocall trying to sell you something is illegal unless the company trying to sell you something got written permission, directly from you, to sell you something is illegal unless the company trying to sell you something got written permission, directly from you, to call you that…

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