Fake Life Alert Device: How It Works
(with video below) Scams that target the elderly are especially heinous, and this one is no exception. Life Alert is a computerized emergency call button for senior citizens to help them maintain their independence while being able to summon help in an emergency.
This valuable service has been used many times by scammers trying to bilk retirees on a fixed income out of their hard-earned savings.
Watch the short video below to see in action the Fake Life Alert Scam exposed:
This scam is facilitated by a robocall, advising the victim that they will receive a free medical alert system. The call indicates that all that is needed to ship the free system is permission, which you give by pressing a button and speaking with a live “representative”.
Once on the live call, the victim is asked for personal identifying information, such as credit or debit card numbers and Medicare ID numbers, leaving the victim without a free system and with their identity and bank accounts compromised.
Scammers make similar robocalls claiming to companies such as First Alert Company, Senior Safe Alert, Medical Emergency, Medical Alert Company, Life Alert USA, Senior Emergency Care, Senior Safe Alert, Emergency Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alarms Hewitt or Lifewatch.
Fake Life Alert Device: How To Avoid
The best way to avoid being taken in by these types of scams is to simply hang up the phone when you discover that the caller is a machine.
Do not click on the button to speak to a representative; these people are very good at sounding legitimate and can often talk naïve, too trusting victims into revealing more than they intended. As is the case with all scams such as these an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
Fake Life Alert Device: How To Report
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 (FTC) using the link below:
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