POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 5:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Thieves are calling homes and using health incentives to get personal information from sick and the elderly victims.
The calls start with the same pitch - a free medical device for senior citizens. The caller then asks for information so they can send the medical device.
"Unfortunately, this is a scam,” stated NY Deputy Secretary of State Marcos Vigil. “They're after your personal information because they want to do further criminal activities and do something with your financial information."
Vigil is putting the word out about this scam targeting the elderly because of the sheer numbers of complaints they've received...
“Unfortunately, these scams are very sophisticated, so sometimes they use companies that actually do exist."
He says seniors might be given company names that sound similar to legitimate businesses, but when state investigators call these firms, they say that they would not conduct business in that manner.
“They're not going to ask for banking information. They're not going to ask for your social security number in order to send you a medical device."
If you receive an unsolicited call asking for your personal information you should hang up your phone; however, if you do take the call, ask who's telephoning and what company they represent.
As always, if you think someone is trying to scam you, you can always call law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau.