“I’ve fallen and can’t get up!”
It’s one of the worst notifications a family can get. For independent seniors living on their own, a life saving medical alert system is a must. However, medical alert scams abound, and it’s critical you aren’t suckered by the very life line you need to trust.
Don’t Get Caught In A Medical Alert Scam
The most common medical alert complaints regarding scams is simple- someone with no morals sets up an automated phone message to the senior, scaring them with grave stats on injuries and deaths. If they follow the prompt, a telemarketer with even less shame tricks them into believing a member of their family [of course anonymous] has paid for them to receive a medical alert system. However, they need to provide their bank or credit card details to collect the monthly monitoring fee for this ‘free’ life alert service. Bam! Scammed.
Of course, approaches to this medical alert scam vary. Perhaps the mystery benefactor is the senior’s physician, or an association with retired people’s interests at heart. Or the senior will receive a ton of coupon and financial benefits. Whatever the ploy, it’s all a torrid attempt to take advantage of the vulnerable.
The good news is the Feds are finally cracking down on these medical alert scams. Back in 2015, New York based Lifewatch, a leading provider of remote cardiac monitoring diagnostic services, and its CEO Evan Sirlin became the first to face legal action for their role in an “abusive and deceptive” robocall telemarketing scheme. The Feds claimed in court papers that Lifewatch was responsible for hundreds of millions of robocalls to senior citizens. Lifewatch is denying the government’s allegations and
How to Avoid the Medical Alert Scam
Sadly, those who thrive on scams never go away, they’ll just reinvent themselves and find a new route to prey on fears. It’s critical seniors practice these medical alert safety tips:
- Just hang up- legitimate firms will not be approaching you like this.
- Caller ID does not help – they route their calls through legitimate seeming phone numbers.
- Never hand out any personal data, at all. Under any circumstances. Legitimate firms just don’t ask for it.
- Report the scam to Top 10 Jungle’s Scam Hotline. You can send an email to [email protected]
It’s time be firm with your elder loved ones. If a medical alert system is right for them, use the free research and comparison chart available at Top 10 Medical Alert Devices and find a safe and legitimate company to purchase the service through. Like many schemes that target the elderly, this arena is fraught with liars and scam artists- and they are the ones that will bother to come looking for you. Make it clear they must not act on these medical alert scams, no matter how compelling the wolf in sheep’s clothing seems.