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.