"Free" Medical Alert System

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"Free" Medical Alert System
Sun, 12-22-2013 - 12:42am

The Better Business Bureau is alerting seniors and caretakers to be wary of phone calls or voicemails from a company offering a “free” personal alarm system.  The company uses a variety of different names such as “Medical Emergency,” “Medical Alert Company,” “First Alert Company,” “Life Alert USA,” and “Medical Alarms Hewlett.”  The company claims to be offering a “free” medical alert system and tells the listener that the system will be provided to them because a family member or a friend believes they should have it, and that the system and shipping is already paid for.  In many cases, seniors who have provided their bank account or credit card information to “verify” their identity have found they were charged the monthly service fee, usually around $35.00, then the system never arrived or they had trouble returning it and obtaining a refund. - For more information please see: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2013/06/bbb-warns-seniors-of-deceptive-telemarketing-calls-offering-free-medical-alert-devices/#comment-101919

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