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Local Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition issues scam alert, targeted at seniors

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition has issued an alert urging older adults to use caution when dealing with individuals who call and offer free at home appointments to review insurance information. Amy Duff, Executive Director of the Branch County Commission on Aging warns that they’ve been receiving numerous phone calls from concerned seniors in the County about a group in Michigan that has been calling and trying to set up the in-home appointments.  

Officials are concerned because the caller has a phone number with a 269 area code and has knowledge of the senior they are calling, including what health insurance plan the individual currently has.  The Coalition has researched the phone number and names of the individuals involved and has not found a legitimate company they are associated with. So far, no criminal acts have taken place, but the Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition wants to make sure no Branch County seniors are taken advantage of. 

Mark Bartell, Director of Public Safety for the City of Coldwater suggests that in today's world little to no business is done by coming to a residence. He says if a business is to come to your home they should be fully known to you and clearly identified.  Branch County Sheriff John Pollack adds you should not schedule in-home appointments or give out any personal information because it is highly possible it is a scam.