BBB warns of medical alert device scam

(Source: BBB)
(Source: BBB)

The following is a news release from the Better Business Bureau:

Local senior citizens are the target of a scam concerning "Medic Alert" devices.

Over the past few weeks, the Better Business Bureau of SWLA has been contacted by hundreds of local consumers who have received an automated call to inform them that a medical alert device, similar to Life Alert, had been purchased for them.

Carmen Million, BBB President, states, "While most seniors will not fall for the scam, there are still those who will believe the caller and possibly provide personal financial information."

Million added that seniors may believe that it is a loved one purchasing it for them, especially since it is so close to Mother's Day. She warns seniors and their families to beware.

These calls are coming from an individual with a foreign accent and with a number listed on caller ID as 318-309-4967. BBB research on the phone number indicates the call came by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) - a telephone call made over an IP network.

BBB warns consumers not to give any personal financial information to an unknown caller.

For more information or to report a scam, contact the BBB at 337-478-6253.