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Important press release from Texas SMP and The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation:

Seniors all over Texas are receiving phone calls from individuals who want to make an appointment to come to your home and deliver a new Medical Alert that is all paid for by

Medicare. But the truth is, Medicare does not pay for medical alert systems and this item is not free!  This is merely a trick for you to give out personal information over the phone to strangers.

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Walter P. Landry, a World War II veteran, and his wife, Joyce, own a beautiful Port Arthur home. With red bricks and a red asphalt roof, the home’s decorative sidewalk is welcoming and the yard well kept. The Port Arthur breeze rushes through the towering oaks in the front yard, and the screened front porch tells of happy gatherings in front of the barbecue pit.

But the home, sitting vacant in an upscale area of Port Arthur, has a story to tell to seniors and their families in Southeast Texas.

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The invoice, in a white business envelope with a window on the front, looks legitimate. The first indication something is not quite right it is the postage mark indicating it is pre-sorted bulk mail – unusual for an invoice. The document itself, purporting to be from US-Telecom, looks like a standard invoice with your firm’s name and address, a reference number and a notation that you owe $425 for a Telecom Maintenance Agreement with the terms listed as “Net 30 Days.”

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A scam targeting seniors and persons receiving disability benefits made its way through Jefferson County the past few months, with residents of Port Arthur impacted at a significant rate. Those perpetrating the scam duped victims by promising them access to a federal stimulus check, allegedly administered to all Social Security recipients, even though no such provision exists. Victims supplied the scammers with copies of their driver’s license, Social Security number, and banking information.

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