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‘Medical alert’ scam warning

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am

Senior citizens should beware of a telephone scam preying on their fears of being injured and not getting help, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week.

Victims are getting calls from someone in the upstate 315 area code advising that they have been “approved” for medical alert equipment at “no charge.” One number the AG said the automated robo-calls are coming from is (315) 294-5936.

The robo-call identifies the business as “Senior Medical Alert” or “Senior Medical Advisors” and says there has been a rise in the number of elderly people hurt due to delays in emergency response. It then attempts to obtain consumers’ billing information in order to charge them $35 monthly for alleged “monitoring” services.

The AG’s office made what it called an “undercover call” to a source of the calls and allegedly was given a fake address in Florida as the headquarters of the suspect operation.

Noting that seniors are often the target of scam operations, Schneiderman reminded people not to give out billing or other personal information if they receive such a call. Instead they should report it to his office’s Consumer Helpline at 1 (800) 771-7755.

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