Coeur d’Alene police are warning Kootenai County residents to be wary of a scam that may be targeting elderly people.
At least three residents have reported that a man had been canvassing their neighborhood, offering to explain Medicare benefits to elderly people, said Lt. Don Jiran.
Preceding these visits, a woman called the homes saying a man would be coming to the neighborhood to help them understand Medicare.
“In checking with Medicare, that is not a legitimate enterprise,” Jiran said.
Jiran suspects it may be an insurance agent attempting to get his “foot in the door” or possibly someone wanting to look inside homes to see what could be taken.
The suspect is described as a short white man, about 50 years old with short brown hair and a stocky build. He is described as driving a blue car with Washington license plates.
Jiran warned residents not to allow strangers into their homes. He asked residents to call police if approached by these people. The number is (208) 769-2320.