The local Better Business Bureau is warning residents about yet another pair of scams.
Judy Strawderman is state director of community relations for the Better Business Bureau office in Canton, Ohio, which covers West Virginia.
She said her office has been inundated with calls over the past few weeks concerning high-pressure telephone scams targeting the elderly and others.
The caller offers to send seniors new Medicare cards, including cards that offer extra benefits, and then asks for bank information.
The scam is occurring as many seniors are up for renewal in the Medicare Part B program, Strawderman said. She said seniors should not be contacted by telephone for that.
"What we have is someone taking advantage of this," she said. "The elderly are receiving a lot of this type of information in the mail; they know they need to respond.
"They believe these are perfectly legitimate calls. They're not," she said.
She said older Americans are used to doing things on a "trust basis" and some are easily intimidated.
"They tell them they need to have this information or they're going to lose their benefits," she said. "These people are very adept at getting information. They ask you to confirm the information they have by reading it to them.
"But it's just as easy for us to say, 'Well, why don't you tell me what you have and we'll see if it's right.' "
She said if those callers get a person's information, it can be used for identity theft.
"These individuals can be very aggressive, often calling many times and at all hours of the day to wear down potential victims," Frank Cilona, CEO of the Better Business Bureau, said in a release.