AG's office warns of senior citizens scam

AG's office warns of senior citizens scam

The Louisiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection officials want you to listen out for telephone con artists.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection officials want you to listen out for telephone con artists.

The Attorney General's Office has seen an increase in reports of unsolicited telephone calls promising free medical alert devices. 

AG officials say you should never provide personal financial information to anyone who calls you, regardless of whom the caller claims to be. 

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, usually via Western Union, in order to receive the free device.

Scammers make the calls, changing the name and number that appears on caller ID to show a real company's name and landline phone number instead of the scammers' own.  The practice is called "spoofing."

Citizens who believe they may have been contacted by a con artist using the free medical alert device scam are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free by calling (800) 351-4889. 

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