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Attorney General warns of medical alert scams

Rikki Mitchell

Attorney General warns of medical alert scams

CREATED Aug. 1, 2013

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - The Attorney General's Office is warning senior citizens about a scam offering free medical alert systems by phone.

Officials with the Attorney General's Office say people across the country have received calls, usually recorded messages saying that a family member has ordered a medical alert system for them, but additional information is required.

These are scams intended to get personal information like credit card numbers and home addresses to commit identity theft or drain bank accounts.

The Attorney General's Office advises to never give personal information if you have any doubt about the person calling. Also, no legitimate organization, including Medicare, will call and ask for bank account numbers or social security numbers.

Also, you can ask sales associates to send you information about the product or service they are selling. The Attorney General's Office says legitimate companies will be happy to mail you a pamphlet or brochure of what they sell.

You can also place your name on the Do Not Call List.

If you have been a victim of this scam or others, you can call the Attorney General's Office in Phoenix, (602) 542-5763 or in Tucson, (520) 628-6504.

You can file online complaints by visiting their website.