Phone Scheme Targeting Twin Cities Seniors is Growing
There's a warning for anyone with aging parents or grandparents. It might be a good idea to talk to them about a new twist on an old scheme that's gaining momentum in the Twin Cities.
Swindlers are promising seniors peace of mind, and are offering it for free- but it's all a scheme.
It starts with a robo call with a man on the phone. The caller promises a free medical alert device that will call for help if a senior needs it. But rather than help, the calls have been causing nothing but trouble.
The gimmick comes in two forms. First, the caller says your medical alert device is ready. Or seniors are told they're entitled to a medical alert device for free as long as they provide a credit card number to verify who they are.
Attorney General Lori Swanson is warning seniors not to believe the caller's claims.
Victims who gave out their credit card numbers report being charged $35 a month, but never received a device.
The robo call uses the famous phrase from Life Alert, "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up." Life Alert is not pleased with the robo calls, and is suing two companies allegedly behind the calls for fraudulent telemarketing.
Click here to read the complaint.