AG’s scam warning: ‘Free’ medical alert devices aren’t really free
By The Herald Staff | 8/16/2013
The state’s top law enforcement officer sent out a warning Friday about a new scam targeting seniors offering “free emergency medical alert” devices.
Dozens of Kansans have reported in the past week that they have received recorded calls from “John” who claims to be with “Medical Alert” telling them they can receive a free medical alert device, and they just need to press 1 to confirm their shipping information, according to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Consumers who press 1 are connected with a live telemarketer who offers them the “free” device, but then asks for a credit card number to cover shipping or monitoring fees.
Several Ottawans also have reported the scam to The Herald.
“These calls are nothing more than a ruse to get your personal financial information,” Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, said. “You should never have to pay money to get a ‘free’ product. We advise Kansans not to answer these calls, or if they do, be suspicious and do not give out any personal information.”
Schmidt’s office is investigating the calls. Consumers who have received such calls are encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at www.ag.ks.gov or call (800) 432-2310 to request a complaint form.