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Woman hopes her story will protect others from Medicare fraud scams

LAS VEGAS - A woman in her 70's said she received several unexpected phone calls from people claiming to have her new Medicare card before seeing them show up at her front steps.  According to police, they were trying to scam the woman.

Ila Miller said she knew she would be getting a new Medicare card sometime soon, but after alleged scammers showed up at her door,  Miller's anticipation soon turned into fear for her safety.

According to Miller, everything started with a phone call.

"Hi, this message is for Ila or Ila Miller," the voicemail message said. "My name is Marie, and I'm with the American Senior Benefits."

Miller received six phone calls, and they all told her the same thing.

"She said you're going to be getting your Medicare card pretty soon; before the end of May, and so we've been chosen to come by and deliver it to you," Miller said.

But before Miller could say anything she received another voicemail message.

"We'll be there Friday at 2:30; click, hung up," Miller said.

Miller was suspicious, so she wrote down each phone number that contacted her.  When Friday rolled around, a man called again, saying he was 20 minutes away.

Miller called the police.

"I thought that was a little strange," Miller said.

The scariest part is that someone actually came to Miller's house and knocked on the door, looking for her.  

"Police said don't go to the door; don't be near it, so I was in the next room and then the phone rang," Miller said.

"I'm here at the house. No one is answering the phone, or the door," the voicemail message said.

The man eventually left Miller's home.

Claudia Fleming, a volunteer for senior citizens says she's heard similar stories.

"One of them said he made an appointment, and he wanted me to come to his home and be there," said  Fleming.  "And I said you can't be there, we don't know who this is, they're just going to break in and hurt you."

Experts say no government agency will call you on the phone.  All contact will be through the mail.

Miller hopes by sharing her story she can help others protect themselves.

"When you get older you feel like sometimes that you're being taken advantage of and I'd just like to warn others, especially ladies my age," Miller said.

If you get a suspicious phone call, you should hang up immediately and call the police. And if someone shows up to your home, try to take a picture so they can be identified.

Miller says since she reported the incident, no one has contacted her.


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