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Medical Alert Device Scam

How the Medical Device Scam Works:

The best medical alert systems for seniors never come with a questionable hook. Beware of the Medical Alert Device or Emergency Alert System scam.

This fraudulent activity occurs mostly in the United States, but there is a chance that it might spread to Canada, United Kingdom, or Australia. In this article, we'll learn how the scam works, how to prevent it, and where to report it. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the Medical Alert Systems For Seniors scam, exposed:

Medical Alert Systems Scam Video

In the last little while, several companies have had their operations suspended as a result of their attempts to scam the elderly by using automated phone calls offering medical alert devices for “free” when in reality many hidden charges were attached to the products.

The scammers also claimed that the medical alert devices were being endorsed by some health organizations; these claims were bogus as well, as no one in the American Heart Association, the National Institute on Aging and the American Diabetes Association were affiliated with the distributor.

Over 66,000 complaints have been made which prompted the hunt for all these shady business operations. The scam begins with seniors receiving automated calls advising them they were going to be receiving a free medical alert device - the best medical alert systems for seniors on the market!

They are told that the call is prompted by a friend of family member signing them up for the allegedly free offer. While callers are advised that a $34.99 monthly monitoring fee would be charged, they are told that the charges wouldn’t begin until the device had been installed and then activated. However, the company immediately began charging customers’ credit cards despite their claims.

While these particular companies are suspended pending investigation, the scam is so prevalent that it’s only a matter of time before another 'company name' replaces it, running the same senior emergency alert system scam.

 

How to Avoid the Medical Alert Systems For Seniors Scam:

Talk with your elderly friends and family members and advice them on these types of scams. They should never select a numbered option when receiving an automated call, even if it is to speak to a live operator or to be removed from the call list. This serves to verify to the company that a number is a working number, and the calls will pick up in frequency.

If a phone call is received, the recipient should hang up and report the call (see below). The best medical alert systems on the market are not advertised just like that. It is also wise to advise family members and friends of the importance in never giving credit card information to any entity that contacts them directly, as this can compromise their credit.

 

How to Report the Medical Alert Systems For Seniors Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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