Thursday, May 25, 2017

Joni Schaff

Scammers are using Health and Human Services hotline

Senior Center News
A consumer alert from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed their hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam. According to HHS, this con is targeting individuals throughout the country. 
 
These scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG hotline employees and can alter the appearance of the caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from the hotline number (1-800-447-8477). They will use various tactics to obtain or verify the victim’s personal information, which can then be used to steal money from a bank account or for other fraudulent activity.
 
It’s important to know that HHS will not use their hotline telephone number to make outgoing calls and individuals should not answer calls from this 800 number.
 
It’s still safe to call into the hotline to report fraud. If you have become a victim of the scam, report it to their number.
 
Remember, also, that there are fake IRS phone calls being made in Montana by scammers who  say you will be sued. The IRS will never contact you by phone. They only contact you by mail. This scam is especially prevalent during tax preparation season.
 
We were fortunate at the Hardin Senior Center to have AARP tax aide volunteers on March 3. The phone number to call in Billings is 794-0083 for tax appointments with AARP.
 
The Hardin Senior Center volunteer decorators for this month were Elaine Malensek, Etta Kollekowski and AnnaBelle Rogers.  They even put on new table cloth covers with their decorations. The birthday dinner is on Wednesday, March 15. Call us at 665-2581 for a reservation.
 
We observed National Anthem Day (March 3) on Thursday, March 2. On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover declared “The Star-Spangled Banner” song to be the official national anthem of the United States. Francis Scott Key wrote the anthem on Sept. 14, 1814. We saluted our flag and sang the song we are so proud of.
 
Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, March 11. Daylight Saving Time, begins on Sunday, March 12.
 
We are open Monday through Friday and offer congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation, referral services and a SHIP Counselor for Medicare and Social Security.
 
Our address is 317 N. Custer Ave.
 
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, March 9 – Swiss steak, potatoes, vegetables, dessert
Friday, March 10 – ham, macaroni and cheese, salad, dessert
Monday, March 13 – chili dogs, Tater Tots, salad, dessert
Tuesday, March 14 – ham and bean soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, March 15 – turkey, potatoes, gravy, salad, cake and ice cream
Thursday, March 16 – French toast, sausage, fruit
 
Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:
Friday, March 10 – spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, strawberry cake
Monday, March 13 – meatballs and gravy, noodles, peas, blueberry pie
Wednesday, March 15 – birthday dinner (corned beef)
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