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Seniors Get A Warning On Medical Alert Scam

October 23, 2013

Better Business Bureau Scam Alert: Medic Alert Robo Calls

The scam could also be a way for con artists to obtain bank or credit card information or even a Social Security number to use later in ID theft. Or a way for someone to pressure seniors into paying for other equipment or services. Authorities said in some cases, after consumers press a button to accept the offer, they quickly receive another call asking for personal information, including credit card numbers. "The call appears to target the elderly, disabled and diabetic," the Better Business Bureau warned in a statement. "The automated message says 'that someone has ordered a free medical alert system for you, and this call is to confirm shipping instructions." Adams says she remembers the automated call saying something like "Press 5 for yes." Adams has gotten three or four of these calls about this "free system." She keeps hanging up. One Plymouth retiree said his wife got the first call in March after going to an emergency room with a dislocated shoulder.
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Dreys Diabetic Medic Alert Dogs

Dreys diabetic medical alert dogs
photo by Alison Hart behind her house in a huge, immaculately clean training facility. Along with D.A.D.'s head trainer, Cindy Terrell , and several other employees, Pearson uses positive reinforcement, clicker training, and "Go Tell" training philosophies over the course of eight months for each dog. Once the training is complete, each dog will be certified as a Medical Alert Dog and Service Dog in Public Access. This certification protects them under ADA, which makes it illegal not to allow them in to any public facility or business, per Texas State law. D.A.D. will be holding a "Public Access" day in late July for all of their new Medical Alert Dog families, in which they plan on taking the dogs and their new families in to public places and businesses. D.A.D. plans on using this day as an opportunity to educate both the public and new D.A.D.
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Medical Alert Devices That Can Help Keep Seniors Safe

If you're interested in this type of alert, there are literally dozens of services to choose from. One of the most widely used is the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service , which costs $35 per month, plus an $82 start-up fee. Phillips also offers a new Auto Alert option (for $48 per month) that has fall detection sensors in the SOS button that can automatically summon help without your mom ever having to press a button. Some other major players in the industry that are a little less expensive (under $30 per month) include: LifeFone , LifeStation , Bay Alarm Medical , Alert1 , LifeGuardian and MedicalAlert . One other unique product worth consideration is the MediPendant which runs under $35 a month. This system allows your mom to speak and listen to the operator directly through the SOS pendant, versus the base station speaker phone, which often makes for easier communication. No-Fee Alerts If you're looking for a cheaper option, consider a no-fee medical alert device that doesn't have professional monitoring services. These products, which also come with an "SOS" button and a home base station, are pre-programmed to dial personal contacts (relatives, friends, caregivers or 911) if the SOS button is pushed.
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BBB Warns Seniors of Deceptive Telemarketing Calls Offering Free Medical Alert Devices

According to the Federal Trade Commission you have a legal right to keep it as a "free gift". " Never give your bank or credit card information, or your social security number to anyone over the telephone. BBB recommends that if you are listed on the Federal Do Not Call Registry that you file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov Online Car Sales Increase Scam Potential, Warns Better Business Bureau CHICAGO, IL - July 25, 2013 - Today there is an increasing number of consumers purchasing cars online. With that there is an increasing opportunity for consumers to be scammed. In some cases buyers purchase vehicles advertised, at a price often below book value, by individuals who don't own them.
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So much so that Life Alert, the California company made famous by its Ive fallen and I cant get up advertising, is suing two businesses it says are using its name in robo-calls to gain new customers. The lawsuit charges LifeWatch USA and Connect America with impersonating Life Alert through fraudulent robo-calls and other telemarketing to obtain new customers. Both companies deny the allegations and this matter is pending. Callers have been described as pushy and may use scare tactics to intimidate seniors into providing sensitive information. Unfortunately our seniors are at the highest risk of being victimized by deceptive sales tactics and targeted for identity theft says David Weiss, President of BBB Serving Greater Cleveland.
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