Sheriff issues scam warning in Bell County

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Bell County Sheriff’s Department issued an urgent scam warning on Wednesday after deputies answered a call about an apparent scam.

In a post on the department’s Facebook page, deputies say someone in an unmarked car pulled onto someone’s property and claimed to be with WellCare, a government-sponsored managed care service.

Investigators say the man didn’t have any WellCare identification and tried to obtain personal information, namely social security numbers.

The sheriff says any legitimate business or organization will have marked vehicles and proper personal identification.

People are reminded never to give out personal or financial information to someone you don’t know.

The sheriff asks people to call the sheriff’s department while the person or people are at your home.  The Bell County Dispatch number is 606-337-6174.

WellCare reached out to ABC 36 News with the following statement:

At WellCare, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. WellCare wants to help its members protect their personal information by sharing the following reminders:

  • WellCare will never send someone to your house unless an appointment has been set;
  • WellCare employees wear company IDs. Always ask to see proper identification; and,
  • WellCare will never ask for personal information such as bank account or social security numbers during an in-home visit.

For questions or to report concerns, please call WellCare’s customer service line at (877) 389-9497 or the number on the back of your member ID card.

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