Scam alert

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning the public about another scam targeting seniors.

The BBB says automated calls from a group referred to as “Med Alert” offering free medical alerts are a way for said company to collect credit-card information and sign the unsuspecting citizens up for monthly monitoring services, which aren’t free.

The bureau said in some cases in the U.S., seniors who provided credit-card information to verify their identities were charged a monthly fee of about $35 — and the medical-alert system never arrived.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Be skeptical about callers asking for personal information.
  • Watch out for phony names that sound like legitimate organizations.
  • If a company is reluctant to give you its contact info or provide direct answers to your questions, hang up. Get all offers in writing before agreeing to anything.

Consumers who receive calls of this nature should report them at or (888) 382-1222. Or contact the Better Business Bureau at (800) 646-6222.