October 19, 2021

Defrauding others never seems to go out of style – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Means and methods are continually changing, but the objective is to somehow defraud.

COVID-19 alone inspired a variety of scams, such as the sale of bogus treatments for the virus, fake charities to help those affected by the pandemic and phony assistance to obtain stimulus payments.

Seniors are being singled out for what some area residents have reported to be phone calls from parties purporting to represent the Social Security Administration or Medicare. A recorded message might say someone used your card number for illegal activity and that you are responsible for what has occurred and threaten legal action if money or personal information — sometimes both — isn’t provided, for example.

“Unfortunately it’s part of life now,” said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau about such predatory…

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