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Senior Times - December 2018
Updates On Your
In-Home Care for a Better Quality of Life
Light Housekeeping • Meal Prep • Dressing • Companionship Grocery Shopping • Laundry
Providing services to Kalamazoo, Calhoun, St Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Jackson Counties.
2990 Business One Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Phone: 269.762.6110 • Fax: 269.762.6109
Toll Free: 877.406.9783 • Email:
744 W. Michigan Ave., Suite #301B, Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517.768.0900 • Fax: 517.768.0909
Toll Free: 877.768.0901 • Email:
The Care That’s Right, at Home®
Call 24/7 For Service
In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing busi- ness online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can.
We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive infor- mation such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or bank account infor- mation to unknown individuals over the phone or internet. If you receive a call and aren’t expecting one, you must be extra careful. You can always get the caller’s information, hang up, and – if you do need more clarification – contact the official phone number of the busi- ness or agency that the caller claims to represent.
Please take note; there’s a scam going around right now. Never reveal personal data to a stranger who called you.
You might receive a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security or another agency. Calls can even display the 1-800-772-1213, Social Security’s national customer service number, as the incoming number on your caller ID. In some cases, the caller states that Social Security does not have all of your personal information, such as your Social Security number (SSN), on file. Other callers claim Social Security needs additional information so the agency can increase your benefit payment, or that Social Security will
terminate your benefits if they do not confirm your information. This appears to be a widespread issue, as reports have come from people across the country. These calls are not from Social Security.
Callers sometimes state that your Social Security number is at risk of being deactivated or deleted. The caller then asks you to provide a phone num- ber to resolve the issue. People should be aware the scheme’s details may vary; however, you should avoid engaging with the caller or calling the number provided, as the caller might attempt to acquire personal information.
Social Security employees occasion- ally contact people by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a few special situations, such as when you have business pending with us, a Social Security employee may request the per- son confirm personal information over the phone.
Social Security employees will never threaten you or promise a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent, and you should just hang up.
If you receive any of these types of calls, please report the information to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online at report.
Remember, only call official phone numbers and use secured websites of the agencies and businesses you know are correct. Protecting your information is an important part of Social Security’s mission to secure today and tomorrow.
Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times
Phishing and Extortion
Peace of Mind
Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
Providing support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.
• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.
• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.
• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.
• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.
• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.
• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite
• Restorative Therapy available.
• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.
• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm
• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.
Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.
1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750
Scams After Security Breaches
By: Bill Schuette, Attorney General, State of Michigan
A recent attack on Facebook’s computer network exposed the sensitive personal data of millions of users. That information could be used in phishing and extortion scams.
Phishing is a type of scam that starts with an email, text message, or phone call that pretends to be from a legitimate source. The message will tell a plausible story related to a need for you to verify or provide your personal information. The goal is to get you to enter your personal information into a fake website or extort money from you.
Phishing scammers try to get their hooks in you. Don’t take the bait. Learn the signs of a phishing scam and the steps you can take to avoid being scammed.
Remember – These scams may use recently hacked data as well as data hacked years ago.
SPOT IT: Watch for attempts.
• Look for messages with misspellings,
typos, and bad grammar.
• Look for messages that use your pass-
word or some of your personal informa-
• Look for mismatched links that you can
spot by hovering your mouse over a link
that does not match the stated destination.
• Beware any unsolicited message that asks
you to click on a link, open an attach- ment, or verify your personal informa- tion.
STOP IT: Consider what and who you share personal information with.
• Never reply to emails, calls, texts, or
pop-ups that ask for verification or your
personal information.
• Review your privacy settings and take
advantage of Facebook’s security options. • Change your passwords and security
questions: do not recycle old
• Report suspicious emails and Facebook
messages to
Common known scams. For more details visit • NEW - Adult video use exposed unless
paid $1,000 in Bitcoin.
• Sales Tax Application Scam
• Don't Pay with iTunes Gift Cards
• Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
(Tobacco MSA)
• Tax Debt Resolution Scams
• Debt Collectors & the IRS
• Disaster Scams
• Government Imposter Scams
• Be Wary of Scammers Attracted by the
Flint Water Crisis
• International Sweepstakes & Lottery
• Green Dot MoneyPak Cards
• Grandparents Scam
• Counterfeit Check Scams
• Sweepstakes -"You May Already Be A
Winner!" - "What Will You Do With All
the Money We're Preparing to Send You?" • Mystery Shopper Counterfeit Check
• IRS Phone and Email Tax Scams
• Government Records - Get Them From
The Government, Not A Third Party • A Job Offer Too Good To Be True
To report a scam, file a complaint, or get additional information, contact the MI Department of Attorney General: Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213, Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 335-7599, 877-765-8388

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