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Woman tells phone scammer to get another job

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A scam artist claiming to be a Medicare representative needs to find a new line of work, said a Decatur woman who didn't fall for his repeated calls this week.

Tracy Brown of Decatur said the man called her from an unknown number Monday and again Tuesday.

"He claimed to be with Medicare. He wanted my checking account number," said Brown.

Brown, who is 62, told the man she wasn't eligible for Medicare, and that when she was, she felt sure the government would notify her by mail. Furthermore, she said, a call from a government office should have registered on her caller ID.

"I said, 'If you're on the up and up, you'll give me your name and a telephone number where you can be reached.' He said, 'I'll give you that at the end of this conversation, after you give me your bank account number.' "

'Wouldn't quit'

Brown asked why he needed her bank account number.

"He said, 'Your card will be sent to your bank.' I said, 'Do you think I was born yesterday?' ... He said he would be calling back. Some people would give up after a while, move on to the next sap, but this one, he just wouldn't quit," Brown said.

The man called back Tuesday. When Brown again refused to give him her account number, he claimed to already have it.

When she asked him to repeat it, he rattled off a series of numbers nowhere close to her account number, she said.

"He said, 'Well, what is your bank account number?' I told him, you need to get another job, because you're not even a good scammer," Brown said.

"This guy just would not let go," she said. "I wouldn't be surprised if he calls me back (Wednesday)."

Brown said she intends to contact the Better Business Bureau and police about the incident.

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