Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam: How It Works
Watch out for the Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam that’s making its rounds these days. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Medical alert bracelets represent a ‘must-have’ these days for every senior with a serious condition. The critical information on a medical bracelet – patient’s allergies and chronic conditions – can help first responders approach the situation properly and on time. However, scammers came up with evil Medicare scam calls that are taking advantage of the elderly.
Watch the video below to see the Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam exposed by News9:
Similar to the Medical Alert Device Scam or the Fake Life Alert, this scheme comes as phone calls. Criminals pick their victims from either community leagues or lists with seniors that are publicly available.
They call the victims and claim to be representatives of the local city hall. “The reason for the call is to let you know that we are offering free medical bracelets today,” says the scammer. Once the info piques the senior’s interest, the crook proceeds to ask for all the personal information of the ‘potential recipient’, to see if they qualify. The data collected will later serve for identity theft.
The phone call has a sense of authenticity because scammers are also using a trick named Caller ID Spoofing, which displays the name of whoever they want on the recipient’s phone. Here is some must-see info that you should know about Caller ID Spoofing.
Watch the video below to see the Caller ID Spoofing exposed, along with tips on what to do if it’s too late:
You can see how a senior – or any other call recipient, for that matter – would easily fall for this scam.
On the same token, stay away from the plethora of Medicare scams that you could be a victim of.
How To Avoid
As a rule of thumb, you should never give your personal information over the phone to anyone. Think about it, if they call you from the City Hall they should know who you are already. Ignore the Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam and report it – see how below.
Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam: How To Report
Warn your family members and older friends about the Free Medical Alert Bracelet Scam by sharing this article online. If you are wondering how to report phone scams, you can also officially do it to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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Meanwhile, educate yourself with some other Medicare fraud-related articles below, so that you know how to stay safe online. Last but not least, use the Comments section below to expose other Medicare scammers.
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