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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently warned members of the public of a Medicare scam targeting the elderly and disabled.

In an Aug. 12 news conference, Morrisey said his office has received hundreds of phone calls and more than 90 written complaints about two scams.

Morrisey explained that in one of these instances, scammers take to social media and reach out to people by phone, saying they are with Medicare or another government office, saying the resident's new Medicare card is in the mail. The caller then asks the person to set up a direct deposit and asks for other banking information so that Medicare funds can be placed in the account.

Morrisey said this is how the unknown caller steals the person's identity.

In another scam, Morrisey said an unknown caller will "spoof" a local number and when the resident answers, he or she will receive an automated message asking the person to sign up for a medical alert system or an upgraded system.

If the person presses 1, he or she is transferred to an operator who asks for banking information.

People who have received such calls may call the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Hotline at 877-438-4339 or the attorney general's consumer protection division at 304-558-8986.

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