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Con Artists Targeting Connecticut With Medical Alert Scam

by Jerry Mcenery | August 5th, 2013

Telling victims they have to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act, some con artists are attempting to get personal information and credit card numbers from Connecticut residents.

A new report published by the Connecticut chapter of the Better Business Bureau warns that scammers are calling residents asking for personal information, such as social security numbers, in exchange for a free medical alert system, or medical equipment and services. While the scammers are calling people of all demographics, seniors are a primary target.

According to the BBB report, the scammers are identifying themselves as “Emergency Medical Alert Systems”, “Senior Safety Alert”, “Senior Emergency Care”, “Senior Safe Alert”, or other variations of these terms. The alert system is supposed to help seniors if there is some type of emergency in their home.

Consider these tips for yourself and any seniors you know that may receive these calls…

  • Contact the Do Not Call Registry at donotcall.gov, or call them at 888-382-1222.
  • Never give out any of your personal information over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from a government agency or doctor’s office. Both government agencies and doctor’s offices already have your personal information on file. Your real doctor and real government agencies wouldn’t need to ask you for that information.
  • If you get a call from an automated system, also known as a robocall, just hang up. Do not press any digits or speak to a customer service operator to remove your name from the list. They won’t, and it will confirm to them that you’ll answer their calls.
  • Never pay for anything you receive that you didn’t order, even if they threaten you with legal action. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) you have the legal right to keep it as a “free gift.”

The Personal Injury Attorneys in New Britain Connecticut at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers hope that these tips will help you avoid the latest phone scam in our state. If you’re being targeted by these scammers, you’re encouraged to contact the office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen at 860-808-5318.