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For heart patients in Van Wert, it’s easy toget great heart care close to home. That’sbecause Dr. Kato is now seeing patients inDelphos every Wednesday. As one of thearea’s leading cardiologists, Dr. Kato isdedicated to helping you get the most out of life. Take advantage of award-winning heartcare just minutes from home.To schedule a consultation, patients orreferring physicians can call
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Tips to avoid new scams targeting seniors
hile we are all taught to usegood manners when answer-ing the telephone, not everyonewho calls you necessarily has good inten-tions.According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a recent spate of lot-tery scams or advance fee frauds originatingin Jamaica are targeting seniors and otherAmericans by telephone.While the Jamaican and U.S. govern-ments have teamed to tighten laws andcombat the problem, it’s important to guardagainst becoming the next victim.Knowing the difference between legiti-mate telemarketers and scammers is crucial.Protect yourself by taking the following pre-cautions:• Never pay money to collect supposedsweepstakes winnings. Legitimate opera-tions won’t require you to pay to collect win-nings. It’s against U.S. law to play foreignlotteries. If you get a call saying you’ve wonone, it’s probably a scam.• Never wire money to anyone you don’tknow.• Ignore unsolicited calls from anyone,even charities and companies with whomyou already do business. You have no wayto conrm the caller is legitimate. Even call-er ID can be faked. When in doubt, just hangup.• Place your telephone number on theNational Do Not Call Registry. It’s fast andfree. Visit www.DoNotCall.gov or add yournumber to the registry by calling 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register.• Check unfamiliar area codes before re-turning calls. Be aware that there are manythree digit area codes that connect callers tointernational telephone numbers.• If you don’t make international calls,ask your telephone provider to block incom-ing and outgoing international calls.• Never provide anyone with personal in-formation, such as bank accounts, pin num-bers or Social Security numbers.• Prevent criminals from accessing yourmoney. Contact your bank, brokerages, aswell as the Social Security Administration toadd a password to your accounts.• If callers insist on speaking with you,tell them you’ll call them directly. Don’ttake a number offered by a potential fraud-ster. You’re safer looking up the number in-dependently.• Scammers often create false deadlines.If you feel pressured, hang up. You’ve spenta lifetime earning your money. You deserve
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