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Lehigh County officials warning seniors about phone scam

Callers being asked about Medicare supplements

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh County District Attorney's Office is warning county seniors about a Medicare phone scam that seems to be targeting the Whitehall Township area.

The D.A. and the Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services said the phone scam involves Medicare supplements and other services. After a few questions, the caller abruptly hangs up and appears to do so after the person on the other end said, "Yes," according to a news release.

Authorities said the calls appear to originate from the agency's general telephone number, 610-782-3034. But officials with the agency on aging said the office is not making such calls and that the office's caller ID number would not show the general telephone number.

Officials learned of the scam from residents who received calls while they were out and saw the phone number on their telephones. They then called the agency, asking why they'd been called.

The district attorney's office said the calls initially seem to be targeting the Whitehall Township area, but they're warning all seniors to be vigilant. District Attorney Jim Martin warns residents about providing personal information to callers they do not know.

He also asks residents to report the calls to the agency on aging by calling 610-782-3034.


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