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Senior Emergency Care

How the scam works:

(with video below) It's an universal fact that criminals have no shame and scams that target the elderly are the lowest of the low. Seniors across the nation are reporting a new telemarketing scam from businesses calling themselves “Senior Safety Alert”, “Senior Emergency Care” or “Senior Safe Alert”. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the Emergency Alert Scam caught on tape:

Senior Emergency Alarm Scam Exposed Video

These prerecorded telemarketing calls are supposedly selling a personal emergency alarm system. This alarm is supposed to help protect seniors in the event of break-ins or medical emergencies. The system – which, according to the recorded call is worth hundreds of dollars – is to be installed free, and then a monthly charge of $30 will be billed for the service.

The recording then prompts the listener to press a button to speak to a customer service representation for verification purposes. Of course, all they really want is to get your credit card information and other personal identifying information for the purpose of identity theft.

Pay attention, the scam here is not the call itself - there are legitimate companies that do that - it's the criminals impersonating the official services, taking your credit card's number and the personal information for themselves.

Many of the seniors who reported receiving these calls were on the Federal Do Not Call Registry, making it all the more suspicious.

Scammers make similar robo-calls claiming to companies such as First Alert Company, Senior Safe Alert, Medical Emergency, Medical Alert Company, Life Alert USA, Senior Safe Alert, Emergency Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alarms Hewitt or Lifewatch.


How to avoid the Senior Emergency Care scam:

In the case of this scam, the customer service representatives’ refusal to give out a physical address for the company or other identifying information makes this very suspicious. A legitimate company will never refuse to give this information to its’ potential customers.

If you receive a call like this, ask for something to be sent in writing, and of course, never give any banking or credit card information – or your social security number – to anyone over the telephone. If the company is legitimate, they will never ask for these details over the telephone.

And of course there is the business of the free system. There is no such thing as getting something for nothing. This alone should be a red flag. Be sure to report these calls to your local authorities as well, to spread the word and prevent other vulnerable people from falling prey to this vicious scam.


How to report the Senior Emergency Care 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:

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