Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Brunswick sheriff warns of possible medical scam targeting the elderly

Brunswick County sheriff noted locals to heed caution when solicitors ask for personal information — address, social security numbers, bank or credit card info — in latest possible medical scam. (Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The sheriff’s office released a notice to the public on social media to be aware of a possible medical scam that targets older adults.

The post noted an individual contacted the sheriff’s office regarding a scammer who called her elderly parent claiming to be from “Family Resources” with numerous medical services available. The caller also attempted to make an appointment at the person’s residence and provided a local number of the business. Though, upon dialing the number, it seemed to be out of service.

“We don’t know this to be a scam but because it sounds suspicious, we wanted to share with our community,” the sheriff’s office noted. “Please, use caution when providing personal information to an unknown caller or solicitor.”

The sheriff advises the community to heed discretion when asked by phone solicitors for personal information — address, social security numbers, bank or credit card.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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