Tulsa Police issue scam warning

Tuesday, November 8th 2005, 6:32 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police detectives are warning about a scam. In this scam, telemarketers try to sell bogus health insurance to the elderly.

Detectives say the scammers ask for your bank account number, and then charge you $398 for a medical package called "Plan D". There is a legitimate group that sells a real "Plan D" package. They're called "Priority Assistance Group" and are based in Quebec.

Detectives say "Priority" actually hired the California telemarketing group that's accused of scamming people. The company severed ties when it found out the telemarketers were ripping people off. Detectives also say there is an easy way to keep from getting scammed.

Tulsa Police detective Cheryl Compton: "If you want this discounted prescription card or this 'Plan D' that they're advertising nowadays, I would contact your insurance company, Medicaid or Medicare and get the information through them and then you initiate the call rather than taking it from somebody over the phone."

This scam has popped up in Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. So far no victims have come forward in Oklahoma.