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SCAM ALERT: Life Watch scam promises free emergency alert service

SCAM ALERT: Life Watch scam promises free emergency alert service
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Consumer Alert

POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 1:04pm

An emergency alert service is targeting seniors, scamming them out of money.

Telemarketers claiming to be with Life Watch call seniors offering them a free medical alert device system. They ask for the person's credit card information so shipping can be billed.

The company then puts a recurring $40 monthly payment on their card, but when the customer tries to dispute it, they can't reach anyone to fix the problem.

"It’s a $40 charge, which they claim was free, so now it’s not free,” Eric Smith, Acadian Monitoring Service, said. “For seniors on a fixed income $40 is very difficult for them to manage every single week so especially when they expected it to be free."

If you receive a phone call, you should contact your local law Sheriff’s Office.
 

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