NEW SCAM TO STEAL IDENTITY TARGETED TOWARDS SENIORS
Senior Citizens on Medicare benefits need to be alert for a new scam targeted towards them. Imposters are aggressively call senior citizens pretending to be from Medicare. Anna Oestreich of the Bond County Senior Center said that Medicare and Social Securtiy have stepped up so much activity in the older adult population that people who would take advatage of those on Medicare are using this method to access personal information.
Oestreich told WGEL the new scam is being executed by people pretending to be from Medicare or Social Security and calling people on Medicare benefits saying that their benefits have been lost due to computer failure or some other reason and they are calling to confirm Social Security number or to get other personal information. Some people do direct deposti so sometimes the people making these calls will ask for personal banking information like routing numbers. She said that Social Security and Medicare usually do not make these types of calls.
Oestreich is advising senior citizens that if you get a call from someone claiming to be from Medicare or Social Security saying that your account has been canceled, the card lost and benefits terminated tell the person thank you for alerting you of the problem. Then tell the person you are going to hang up and call Social Security or Medicare. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or at the Alton office at 618-463-6568. The representatives at one of these numbers will confirm if it is true or not.
NEW STATE LAW MAKES CORONER'S INQUESTS OPTIONAL
In a move to expedite the process for families following a loved one's death, a new law has been introduced making Coroner's Inquests Optional. Bruce Bagg reporting from the Illinois State Capitol said the request was made by the Illinois Coroner's Association. Holding an inquest can add week's to determine the cause of death. Therefore, in cases where the cause and matter of death is obvious and there are no signs of anything suspicious or criminal, signing a death certificate prior to holding an inquest can make it easier and quicker for families needing this documentation. This new law is permissive and allows County Coroners to continue to hold inquests into every accidental death and suicide if they so choose.
WGEL spoke with Bond County Coroner Alan Young on his reaction to this new law. He said that his plan is to continue to do inquests on any death involving a police officer or police agency and anything that might be questionable. But in the obvious cases he will be signing the death certificate immediately which will expedite the family's legal needs and should be a benefit to everyone. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2007.