Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:19 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2013 12:19 PM
Source: Attorney General's Office
BATON ROUGE - Seniors in Louisiana are being warned about a telephone scam targeting them.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says telephone con artists are promising free medical alert devices.
It comes after an increased number of calls have been reported which try to trick people into thinking they are coming from a legitimate company.
"Consumers should be wary of unsolicited calls and refrain from sending any money for so-called free products," cautions Sanettria "Sam" Pleasant, Director of the Attorney General's Public Protection Division.
Here is how the free medical alert device scam works:
The scammer calls the victim saying they are eligible to receive a free medical alert device.
The scammer asks the victim to provide personal information and pay money to cover costs associated with receiving the product.
The scammer then instructs the victim to send a payment in order to receive the free device.
The scammers use a practice called "spoofing".
They change the name and number that appears on caller ID to show a real company's name and number instead of the scammers' own.
People who have gotten phone calls of this kind are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free by calling 1-800-351-4889.