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There is a scam circulating in the area that is charging workers who have lost their jobs for filing an unemployment claim, requesting that they pay an additional fee to file, according to Stephanie Krell, PIO Unified Command for Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties.
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The Oregon Department of Revenue has recently seen a spike in concerned taxpayers reporting fishy phone calls. The callers fraudulently identify themselves as Social Security representatives and threaten the taxpayer with deactivating their Social Security number or account because of suspicious activity.
In a rarity, $1,600 that an elderly woman in The Dalles was scammed out of was recently returned to her by postal inspectors, who made a special trip here from Portland to do so. But an alarming aspect of this case was that the scammers remotely changed the woman’s phone number, “not once, but twice,” in an effort to isolate her, said Gwen Koski, postmaster in The Dalles.
When Vince Ames of The Dalles got a call from an unknown number and a person on the other end of the line claimed to represent Medicare and asked for personal information, he knew that a scam was in play. “He wanted to know about my blood pressure and other health issues, and I told him that I was not going to give him that information,” said Ames, 70. Ames said what concerned him was that another senior might get caught in the scam.