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Seniors Get A Warning On Medical Alert Scam

October 31, 2013

scam alert The Federal Trade Commission took action in March against Instant Response Systems, based on charges of violating telemarketing rules and violations of the unordered merchandise statute. Instant Response Systems is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and also does business as Medical Alert Services. The FTC said in that case telemarketers would claim the monitoring is free but consumers would have to pay $817 to $1,602 for the service. Payment plans were supposedly dependent on a consumer's financial situation. In many cases, the FTC said, Instant Response Systems sent letters, bogus invoices and even threatened elderly consumers who did not order the product and claimed that the consumer owed money for it.
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BBB Warns Seniors of Deceptive Telemarketing Calls Offering Free Medical Alert Devices

Maxine Adams, a user of the Rescue Alert of California system and service, details how her medical alert system prevented her fall from turning into an emergency situation. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) November 07, 2012 Medical alert system provider Rescue Alert of California announced today the release of a new video testimonial starring a senior who wished to tell the story of her positive experience with the company's medical alert system and monitoring service. Maxine Adams lives alone, and has recently suffered a heart attack. A fall in her home left her unable to get up, and unable to call for help. Maxine Adams was alone in her home when she fell, walking from the bathroom to the laundry room. She wasn't sure whether she was hurt, but could not reach the phone to call for help. Maxine pressed her medical alert button, and received an instant reply from one of Rescue Alert of California's trained responders. The attendant asked Maxine right away about the nature of her emergency.
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Best Medical Alert Helps Ensure Every Senior Can Afford a Medical Alert System With an Unbeatable New Year Promotion

When the product arrived, she realized it wasnt the brand she assumed it was and called the company to get directions to return it. The company hung up on her at first, but she eventually got through to someone who told her to ship it back to Life Alert USA at a Lynbrook, NY address. (BBB records show a company named Lifewatch, Inc. at that address.) She is still disputing a $34.95 monthly service fee that was debited to her account. These companies, they use so many names and they all sound alike, Medical Alert, Alert Services, Medical Life System, Alert USAIts confusing and they know that. she said. The use of names that are similar to well known marketers of medical alert devices is a problem.
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Scammers use medic alert system to swindle seniors

All we need from you is permission to ship it to you, the Napa County District Attorneys Office reported. These calls are not affiliated with a legitimate medical alert company, the DAs office said. The scammers attempt to get your credit or debit card number and may even ask for your Medicare and Social Security number. If you give this information, you will find a monthly charge of $35 which was supposed to be a free medical alert system. To beat the scammers, the DAs office recommended: Never provide personal information to an unknown caller.
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Medical Alert System Prevents Senior from Experiencing a Medical Emergency

Now until the end of January, all seniors who sign up for the annual medical alert service plan will receive an additional month of services for free. A medical alert system is the most economical way to help a senior maintain their independence while ensuring quick access to emergency assistance if necessary. Best Medical Alert knows there is nothing more valuable than one's safety and security and in response they have developed the most advanced personal emergency response system. The system is designed to provide 24/7 assistance with a simple touch of a button. Whether the senior suffers from an at-risk medical condition, spends time alone, or would just like the added security of quick access to help, a medical alert system provides the perfect solution. Utilizing a personal medical alert system is an extremely wise decision and the most affordable solution to ensuring a secure safety net. 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.
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