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WV Attorney General Warning About Scam Targeting Senior Citizens

Reported: Mar. 13, 2014 12:48 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 1:52 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- A new scam is making the rounds across West Virginia and this one is targeting senior citizens.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said this scam centers around the Social Security Administration and benefits to seniors. Scammers are impersonating a Social Security administration employee and telling senior citizens their benefits have been underpaid and need adjusted.

The caller claims the payment error is in the process of being fixed by the administration, but the person's bank routing numbers are needed to complete the transaction.

Morrisey said this is a scam, and he is getting calls about it all across the state. He said do not give your bank information to anyone.

He has been trying to get the word out so people don't fall victim to it and his plea has gone viral. His post on Facebook about the scam was shared more than 850 times and 50,000 people have seen it.

Morrisey said he just wants to make sure no one else falls victim to it.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to protect seniors and the most vulnerable in our state," he said. "But these scammers they're becoming more and more sophisticated. They're looking for new tools to steal your money. The best thing we can do is go out and educate seniors and the public about all the different nuances that the scammers use to steal your money."

Morrisey isn't just fighting scammers, but he's also fighting the war on drugs.

On Thursday, he said he's going to recommend to the Drug Enforcement Administration to change the scheduling of Hydrocodone from Schedule III narcotic to a Schedule II. That will make it tougher for doctors to write prescriptions for the powerful narcotic as well as not allowing patients get automatic refills.

Morrisey said it's a critical step in the fight to end the substance abuse epidemic across the state.

He is hoping to get support from colleagues across the country.



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