Truth Squad: Boise woman nearly loses her retirement

Truth Squad: Boise woman nearly loses her retirement
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A Boise woman nearly lost all her retirement. She came dangerously close after falling for a creative pitch and called us to get the word out.

Carole is embarrassed she took the bait but agreed to talk with KBOI News as long as we concealed her identity.

"I feel very stupid and I'm very angry," Carole said.

She never thought it possible to fall for a scheme, but Carole says it was all very convincing.

"I got a phone call from Medicare and the man had a foreign voice and spoke very soft," Carole said.

The man said he wanted to make sure the information they had was correct.

"He asked me for my bank and my routing number," Carole said. He ultimately asked me for my checking account number."

She gave it to him even though something felt wrong.

"All the sudden I decided to hang up," Carole said.

The phone number had a Texas area code. The Truth Squad called the number back to see what was going on and it was disconnected.

"Scam artists are dialing for dollars and they dial numbers at random," said Dale Dixon, President of the Better Business Bureau.

Dixon says you can scramble phone numbers on the Internet as well so what pops up on your called ID isn't accurate.

"This type of a scam happens to so many people," Dixon Said. "It's important to let people know what happened."

Carole made sure she called Medicare and the bank so her account was protected. Then she came to the Truth Squad in hopes of warning other people.

To make sure you're not a victim remember that no government agency is going to call you out of the blue for your personal information.