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    Seniors warned about bogus Medicare calls

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    The Massachusetts Bankers Association is warning seniors that phone scammers may be taking advantage of the political stalemate in Washington and the threat of default to glean sensitive financial information from them.

    Some seniors are getting phone calls and being told that their Medicare direct deposits will be stopped unless they supply their bank information for verification, according to Bruce Spitzer, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

    The calls are false, but may be effective because some seniors are concerned that if the government defaults and can’t pay its bills, their Medicare payments would also stop.

    Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @fernandesglobe.