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WSFA hosts anti-fraud virtual phone bank

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:58 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News partnered with AARP to fight back against frauds and scams, as well as helping you learn ways to protect yourself.

WSFA 12 News hosted a virtual anti-fraud phone bank with experts from CrimeStoppers, the attorney general’s office, the Alabama Securities Commission and members of law enforcement. these experts took your calls with the goal of helping stop scammers before they get their hands on your money.

Officials say they got calls of thousands of dollars lost through scams ranging in everything, from bitcoin to real estate.

Montgomery Assistant District Attorney Jasmyne Crimiel said scams are more prevalent now but they’re different since the pandemic began.

“Medicaid fraud and Medicaid schemes, they were calling to say we can go ahead and switch you to a better plan, we can go ahead and get you down, give us your information now,” Crimiel said. “Well, a healthcare provider is not going to go ahead and call you so that you can switch your health care plan. That’s just not how that would work.”

Another one Crimiel mentioned was Social Security fraud and scams.

“I will tell you that the Social Security Office is not going to call your phone and tell you and get your social security number over the phone. If there’s been any type of issue, the Social Security Office will send you a letter and mail and you would have to handle all of that business in person,” Crimiel added.

Officials said some of Wednesday’s calls included physical abuse claims. We’re told Montgomery police have been advised.

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