Fake Life Alert

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:

Fake Life Alert Scam Video

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:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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Amelia Lee Dittmar

Just received such a phone call. The speaker (robot?) said, "Yes, we are ready to deliver your Life Alert Medical System and wish to confirm your acceptance…." I did not wait until the call was complete. I simply slammed the phone down. Waited then to see if the call would be repeated, but it was not.
SENIORS BEWARE OF THIS SCAM! IT IS SERIOUS! AND SHOULD SOME DELIVERY TRUCK SHOW UP AT YOUR DOOR, DO NOT OPEN IT, SIMPLY CALL THE POLICE.

Idie Weinsoff

My parents are seniors. They receive a call from one of these phony companies at least three times a week. They even called in the middle of the night once! It is criminal and an outrage to prey on seniors! Hang up as soon as you hear these morons on the other side!

T WINNEBERGER

As soon as you know it is a ROBO CALL, get the callers number and immediately file a complaint with the FCC. The FCC can fine these companies for each Robo Call, and for each call to a phone on the do not call list. NEVER EVER GIVE INFORMATION TO PEOPLE THAT YOU DO NOT CALL. I have tried pressing 5 to be removed from their calling list & they call from a different number. today I tried talking to a live person, & I asked her "what should I press to be removed from ALL of your phone numbers"… Read more »

Emil James

Got a Life Alert call from 201-812-9109 at 1:20 pm (10/6/2014); they said they would remove my number. Seven minutes later (yes, at 1:27!) I got a call from 312-300-7969. Same message, same noisy background. This one hung up on me.

Corey/herpotologeydude

I did a prank call for about 21 mins doing a old lady voice I pissed then off by making mistakes with giving my info I gobthebguybso mad he just hung up I still call to this day as mess around with them.

roger lincoln

I asked for their customer service number. The caller gave me a number that he said would be glad to help me with any problems I had. When I called the number it turned out to be a phone sex number.

tara

I did a basic trace/trackin on their phone number and saw it was a scam and then it mysteriously is now out of service after they have repeatedly harrassed my grandmother by phone I did tell them at one point if it did not cease and they did not disist I would call law enforcement.

LaKisha smith

Ive been haven the scammers calling me and now I have medicaid fraud scamets knocking on my door from Attorney general.I call medicaid they told me it has to be some scams because I have nothing going on wit my medicaid.Where do I go from here lord..

fedupintx

I’ve screwed around with them a number of times, either giving them the run around or pretending to be old and not understanding. I still get 2-4 of these calls a day but now it never picks up if I press "1", it just hangs up…. Not sure what is going on.

Jared

I pretend to be an elderly man who can’t hear because his wife has the TV up too loud. I got this one kid to tell me he was from LifeLock and not Life Alert one time. He got all butthurt when I told him I was messing around.

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