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Authorities warn of Medicare card scam

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says a group calling itself "Preferred Benefits to Seniors" is calling Medicare card holders claiming they need a replacement card.

During the phone conversation the scam-artists are asking people for personal information like bank account numbers.

The La Crosse County Sherriff's Department says there haven't been any complaints filed in the county, but they have advice for you tonight if you do receive such a call.


"If somebody contacts you and says they're a representative from that company, a good idea would be to get their information, contact the company back directly," said Marte Peterson of the La Crosse Sheriff's Department. "Never give any personal information over the phone, especially if you don't know who it's from. This particular scam that we're talking about, Medicare would never call and tell you need a new card and ask for your personal information."

The sheriff's department also says you should never give your bank account information out over the phone unless you contacted the company yourself.

If you think you are a victim of fraud you can report the incident and get more information by clicking here.

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