Maine AG warns of phone scam aimed at elderly

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is warning older Mainers to be wary of a phone scam in which people called are told they are eligible for a free life alert or medical alert device product, and then asked to provide sensitive, personal financial information.

Mills said her office has received numerous complaints from Maine seniors about the scam involving a company that identifies itself as Life Alert. Mills said seniors who believe they've been targets of this scam should call her office's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-436-2131.

Mills said the company that produces the real Life Alert product has filed a lawsuit against those who have been impersonating the company and manipulating seniors into providing personal and financial information.

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Hi, this is John, I'm trying

"Hi, this is John, I'm trying to get your Medical Alert package delivered to you. It's all paid for, but I need some verification from you"....
Sound familiar?
I don't say a word; I just put the phone down and leave it there until I hear the magic rapid beeps, and then I hang up. Works like a charm.

David  Cote's picture

Better yet...

Have a whistle handy and give it a good solid blow into the receiver...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

It's a recorded message.

It's a recorded message.

David  Cote's picture

Well...

That takes the fun out of it, doesn't it? Rat b****** bunko artists.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Have received any calls from

Have received any calls from iYogi yet, where they tell you they'll fix all the problems with your computer?

David  Cote's picture

I haven't received any calls like that...

I dropped my landline several years ago when I purchased my smartphone. Couldn't stand the annoying telemarketers or the canned recordings of politicians and celebrities.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Roger that. I just can't get

Roger that. I just can't get myself to give up the land line.I can remember having a 4 digit phone number as a kid. Not sure, but I think ya had to go through an operator to call out of state.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Ah!

The good old days of the party line....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Two party lines weren't too

Two party lines weren't too bad, but my dad went through various periods of unemployment and never made a whole lot of money when he worked, so consequently, we had four party lines at times. Those could be pretty hectic. Two parties, you made friends; four parties were the breeding ground for making enemies. You'd be in the middle of a call, and someone would bust in and chime, "How much longer you gonna be?"
Nice stuff.

David  Cote's picture

Yeah, my folks had a party line in Turner back in '75...

Back in the day when dialing five digits was enough to place a call. Four customers on the party line and two were eavesdroppers. Quite neanderthal as I look back on it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'm talking about the

I'm talking about the 50's--the Dark Ages. Rotary dial phones, the whole nine.

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I have had several calls

I have had several calls where a man which is actually a recording tells me that he is trying to deliver my life alert and needs my information. As I had not ordered one I tried to talk with his but as I couldn't interupt him, I just hung up. That did not discourage the calls but can't seem to stop them so will continue to hang up.

Heather Runnels's picture

I got the same call

I got the same call yesterday. I wasn't able to get a word in to respectfully decline. Medic Alert devices helped my grandparents out in a couple of situations, but clearly these weren't the same people.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

They have stopped calling me, 3 calls a day

Contact Us...Life Alert
1.800.920.3410

I told them to take me off their call list...if the calls continued I was going to call the Better Business Bureau and notify the Attorney General of invasive calls.

They have stopped....

They also advertised on the whack conspiracy nutjobs Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh delusional shock jocks rants, so that was another reason I would never use them.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What do Beck and Limbaugh

What do Beck and Limbaugh have to do with a scam that is taking place in Maine? You're not being very rational considering you accuse them of being delusional. Have you ever listened to Chis Matthews or Rachel Maddow? Now, that's delusional.

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