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(KYTX)- One Tyler man wants to send a warning to other seniors in East Texas after he received a suspicious phone call Monday morning.

"Is your name James Welch? I said yes it is," explained James Welch.

James Welch was wondering why the other man,who he describes as having broken English, was asking him so many questions.

But, he said, the next question the man asked seemed legitimate.

"He said medicare is changing your medicare card because it's a new year and there's going to be a difference in it," said Welch.

Welch said he thought there could be some truth to that. But, he said, something didn't seem right when the man on the other line asked him for his bank account information.

"I said you want the name of my bank, he said yes. I said no, no, no we don't play that way. You're not getting the name of my bank and when I did that he hung up," said Welch.

Olga Mondragon with the Better Business Bureau said the cunning callers usually have information on the person they're calling.

"With that information, it can be very believable they are calling from a doctor's office, insurance company or from medicare," said Mondragon.

Mondragon advises people to never give their personal information over the phone and to always be familiar with their health information.

"So, if there is something on that benefit sheet that you have not received, as far as treatment or medication, that you dispute that immediately," said Mondragon.

Welch is glad he didn't fall victim and he hopes no one else will.

"Maybe us getting together and doing this will save somebody some problems," said Welch.

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