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Medical card identity scam

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Updated: 5/20/2013 10:15 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Scam artists are after your medical insurance and ultimately your bank account.

The Better Business Bureau in Jacksonville says local scammers have a new way of stealing your identity; by posing as insurance agents.

"We've received calls from consumers saying they've been contacted by someone with the government saying they're going to receive a new medical card and they need to just verify some information," said Shannon Nelson, BBB spokesperson.

The BBB says the new scams targets seniors.

"Healthcare policies for seniors change frequently so they're vulnerable to this type of scam," said Nelson.

Seniors like Charles Meyer who says he gets regular calls about his changing healthcare.

"I get that call maybe once a week with different companies wanting me to change," said Meyer.

So far he says he's been able to avoid getting scammed.

"I think it's disgusting that someone's doing that," he said.

The BBB warns seniors to never give out insurance or account information. If someone asks for it, it's probably a scammer.

"No one will call and ask you for your bank account information if its someone who should have that information it should be on file," said Nelson.

If you think you have been scammed, contact the BBB and the credit bureau.

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