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Archive for Saturday, April 13, 2002

Senior leery of telephone scam

April 13, 2002

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A Lawrence woman said she suspected she had been targeted earlier this week by someone trying to get credit-card information from her over the telephone.

The caller was offering "for a few dollars a month" to give her protection from credit card scams, said the 82-year-old woman, who asked that her name not be published.

The caller, a man, wanted the woman to get her credit card and asked for the expiration date, she said. The caller did not ask for the card's account number, the woman said. The caller also said he worked for "the government," the woman said.

When the woman refused, the caller got mad.

"He got more and more irritated with me because I wouldn't do what he wanted," the woman said. "He'd probably still be talking if I hadn't cut him off."

The woman, who has caller identification, said the ID didn't list a number.

Afterward the woman called Lawrence Police and the Kansas Attorney General's Office. Representatives from both said they couldn't do anything since she hadn't suffered a loss, the woman said.

Lawrence Police said they hadn't received any other reports of similar scam efforts this week.

The Attorney General's Office gets 20 to 30 calls a day from people who are reporting possible phone scams or are just angry about getting telemarketing calls, said spokesman Mark Ohlemeier. In addition, the office gets about 15 e-mails a week with similar complaints.

The Attorney General's Office will perform an investigation if the complaining party fills out a formal complaint form, Ohlemeier said. The AG's office will mail the forms upon request, he said.

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