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Six elderly people may have been victimized in an identity theft scam involving a phony flu shot clinic near Syracuse, authorities said.

Dr. Lloyd Novick, commissioner of the Onondaga County Health Department, said five people walked into Eckerd Drugs in Mattydale on Friday and indicated someone had called them to say they could get a flu shot at the pharmacy if they gave their Social Security and Medicare numbers over the phone.

A sixth person called the pharmacy with the same story.

The pharmacist told them there was no flu shot clinic because Eckerd has discontinued all flu clinics throughout the nation.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said the calls were probably made by someone seeking to commit identity theft.

"What makes this particularly abhorrent is it plays on the fears that people have that they will not have access to flu shots," he said. "It's a way of reaching people at their most vulnerable."

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