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NE Texas Police Departments Warn of Scammers

New-look Medicare cards are on the way, but not for a hefty fee.

Beware of scammers and con artists. That’s good advice for life, but apropos of what some police departments in Northeast Texas want you to know. 

The Sulphur Springs PD says scammers trying to cash in on the newly minted Medicare cards are targeting seniors. The pitch is that Medicare is offering temporary cards to replace the outgoing ones – for anywhere between 5 and 50 dollars. However, Medicare does not issue temporary cards, especially not for a fee.

Here in Commerce, robocalls from a city phone number are pitching health insurance. Commerce police say the recorded calls ask for personal information on behalf of the city government. There is of course no such program in the city.

And Paris police say a spate of phony money is making its way around town. The police department has some tips on its Facebook page on how to spot a bogus bill.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.