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Scammers Targeting Seniors With Medical Alert System

August Medic Alert Awareness Month

The metal medical alert bracelet worn by Greta Patten, a Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed Bethesda, appears unassuming, more like a watch at first, but she explained it contains vital information for emergency medical personnel. "I couldn't understand why they were calling me, and then when he was so insistent it was free, I was pretty sure," she said. When attempting to call the number, there is no option to talk to anyone about installing the system. "I'm afraid that there are people who really need the medical alert system, who can't afford it, and when they hear it's gong to be free, it's a relief," McCord said. "I really think people will fall for it." McCord recently signed up for Medicare and she suspects that it how the scammer got her phone number. She filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
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Best Medical Alert Helps Ensure Every Senior Can Afford a Medical Alert System With an Unbeatable New Year Promotion

Autism now is a big one that theyre putting on bracelets because sometimes that will indicate that you may have a communication barrier trying to communicate with someone that may not be able to necessarily express whats going on with them, explained Gray. He spoke of the golden hour with trauma patients, the critical period of time that may change the outcome of an emergency medical situation. The same for stroke patients, Gray said. Theres a big push right now for people who have suffered previous strokes to have that listed on a medical ID bracelet because the faster we can get them to a stroke center, the less damage is done to the brain and to the body, he said. Definitive care within a certain amount of time saves lives. Medical alert identification can mean life or death for a cardiac patient according to the fire chief, especially if a person has a pacemaker or internal defibrillator. Critical information for us to have when responding to people with chest pains or cardiac arrest and they are not able to verbally convey to us that they have that equipment on board it changes our treatment options, he said. Individuals seeking more information about medical identification alerts should contact their primary care provider, according to Gray.
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BBB: Medical Alert Scam Targets Seniors

As the normal aging process occurs seniors become more at-risk to fall or suffer from various medical concerns that make it dangerous for them to be left alone. Fortunately, the Best Medical Alert pendant acts as a constant companion to the senior. Pendants are lightweight and can be worn as a wristband or around the neck. In addition, they are 100% waterproof and can be worn in the shower where falls are common. By simply touching the button on the pendant a senior is connected to a highly trained care center representative within seconds. The amount of assurance, freedom, and peace of mind that a medical alert service provides is truly priceless. Not only will seniors experience the benefits of added security, family and friends will too.
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Life Alert, the California firm that advertises Ive fallen and I cant get up, has sued two businesses that used names similar to its brand in robo-call marketing schemes. Life Alert also has posted a warning about the scammers on its website . The company says it does not employ telemarketers to make cold calls to potential customers. These calls are not made by Life Alert, the company says on its website. All of these are telemarketing scammers trying to mislead and defraud consumers by using our trademarked name so they can get your address, credit card number and bank information to charge you. The BBB warns consumers to beware of the following red flags: Free offers: Be wary of free offers that require you to pay a handling charge or other fees. In the case of medical alert systems, ask if there are additional monthly service charges. If the telemarketer says a friend or family member bought the unit, ask for the name of the person and verify the payment with that person before agreeing to anything. Scare tactics: Being trapped in your own home with no way to call for help can be a scary situation for anyone, but for many seniors, it can be a realistic scenario. Dont fall for scare tactics.
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