‘Medical Alert’ newest scam
Ted Hubert

The Better Business Bureau warns senior citizens to watch for medical alert devices being offered free, but personal data is requested.

Con artists are using many names, including Medical Safety Alert System, the Medical Safe Alert or the Senior Emergency Care.

They are using a robot- calling system, which reaches tens of thousands of people per day. The BBB checked with real medical alert companies and no such free program exists.

Elderly citizens are being targeted. The caller claims someone called the company and ordered their unit. The agent asks questions then requested information from credit cards.

They might tell you to hold until another agent can verify that you are the proper recipient. You might get instructions for punching buttons or allowing access to your computer.

They may ask the listener to hit the pound key or some other stroke on the telephone keypad. Don’t do it.

When you determine the call is a scam, just hang up. Never divulge any personal information that could be used to steal your identity.

Legitimate businesses will not hesitate to give you an address.

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