Better Business Bureau investigating wheelchair scam
The Better Business Bureau says an elderly Virginia woman narrowly avoided being the victim of a telemarketing scam.
A woman, who lives in Scottsville, had seen TV ads about powered wheelchairs. A telemarketer told her she’d won a free scooter.
Gallagher: Asking for her Social Security number, for her Medicare numbers and personal information, and they tell her that she would receive then the free scooter.
BBB’s Tom Gallagher says she heard from a man and later a woman.
Gallagher: Both were coming from the same phone number, which is in Virginis, telling her that they needed to get this information to complete this transfer at no cost. Don't fall for that. Don't do that.
Never, Gallagher urged, give personal information to someone who calls you.
Gallagher: When people call you, if you don't know who they are, if you don't have any kind of a working knowledge, just hang up the phone. Don't engage in conversation and never, ever give personal information.
It's also worth noting, he said, that scam artists even call people on the 'do not call' registry, and that’s another red flag.
John Ogle, WCVE News