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Recorded message - offers seniors over 60 $3,000 in free groceries & a medical alert. Sounds like a scam.
jim
 Sep 30th, 2013
Just got a call from this number but didn't answer since I didnt recognize it- I am also on the 'no call' list but I have seen the warnings about the scam described in the other comments- My caller ID says the call originated in North Royalton OH
charlene
 Sep 26th, 2013
Received a call from this number at approx: 4:00. Started out mentioning being a senior over 60 and that I wan entitled to 300o dollars in coupons for groceries and a free medic alert bracelet or necklace. Just push one one your phone. I pushed one and was connected to a Julie. I asked for her full name and where she was calling from. She stated Julie and your name is Mary__________________ and you live at _____________. I told her that this was a scam and that I was on a no call list. She then stated that it was not a scam and that my name had been given as a medical reference. Also she stated that if it were a scam that the federal government would have shut them down by now and we have been in existence for some time. What scares me is that she knew my full name, my address and phone number. What other information could she have?
Mary
 Sep 24th, 2013
You can be on the Do not call list and it does no good because there is no teeth behind this law. You can file complaints with the FCC till the cows come home and they do nothing. It's time people demand something be done to stop this BS or start filing lawsuits against these calls. SO sick of getting these over and over ! There needs to be huge fines for violations but our government officials protect these con artist !
marc
 Sep 21st, 2013
Offer for $3000 savings on groceries and free medic alert bracelet. Don't know if legit. Just pressed 5.
Bill
 Sep 05th, 2013
There is a BBB scam alert for this caller: BBB Alert: Possible New Twist On Medical Alert Scam
Roanoke, VA (August 23, 2013) A series of calls that mirror a previous scam may be attempting to lure seniors into giving away personal information.



The BBB first reported on a Medical Alert phishing scam in May of 2013. In the scam, seniors received robo-calls from scammers posing as representatives of a medical alert monitoring company. They were informed a medical alert system had been purchased for them by an unknown party, and requested banking and other personal information to register.


Now in a new twist, the calls are offering seniors $3,000 in “food savings certificates” along with a free medical alert bracelet. The robo-call says the following message:



“For those sixty years old or older. You now qualify under the new National Senior Assistance Program to receive three thousand dollars in free groceries savings certificates. They can be used at over a hundred major grocery chains across the US. In addition to your three thousand dollars in savings certificate you'll receive a free emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergencies.”




The recorded message then requests that the receiver press 1 or 5 to accept or deny the free offer, in the very same fashion as the original medical alert phishing scam. It is not apparent at this time what personal information this updated version requests, but as the National Senior Assistance Program does not appear to be a real organization, consumers are advised to hang up the phone.



“The similarities to the original medical alert phishing scam are striking and demand caution,” said Julie Wheeler, President and C.E.O. of BBB Serving Western VA. “Never, ever, give out your personal information over the phone to an unknown party. Just hang-up the phone.”



It is not clear at this time from where the calls are emanating, but consumers in several states have reported receiving the suspicious offers. BBB’s in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas have all reported the calls in their respective service areas.



On June 27, 2013, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a consumer alert, warning citizens to be cautious of the original Medical Alert phishing scam along with the following tips:



• Automated recorded calls from companies are illegal if you have not given a company written permission to call you-even if you have not signed up for the national Do Not Call Registry. To add your number to the registry, you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register or visit DoNotCall.gov.


• If you are on the National Do Not Call Registry and have no prior existing business relationship with the company, these telemarketing calls also violate the law. You can file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission at FTCComplaintAssistant.gov.


The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of a phishing scam:



• Be wary of anyone offering you something for “free” in exchange for your personal information. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.



• Do not provide your bank account information, Medicare number, Social Security number or any other personal information to unknown individuals over the phone.


• Check out the company's BBB Business Review at http://www.bbb.org to see its BBB rating, complaint history and more.




For more advice on fighting fraud, please visit www.bbb.org or contact the BBB Serving Western VA at 540-342-3455 or 800-533-5501.
PaulS
 Sep 04th, 2013
Started out as Attention Seniors, if you are over the age of 65 you qualify for $3,000 dollars in coupons for groceries and a free medical alert bracelet. Pleas stay on the line for the next available agent. This was a robo call and I have received several this month. The Roanoke Va. BBB has issued a warning pertaining to this caller. It is a scam seeking pertinent information such as ban, savings, checking and social securities numbers.
Mary
 Sep 02nd, 2013
Did not catch the recorded message completely, but there was a part about "for each $3000 donation, I would receive a free Medic alert etc" at which point I erased the message. At least this caller leaves a message on the voice mail, most do not.
Gordon
 Aug 26th, 2013

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