June 27, 2013
The Attorney General’s Office is warning citizens to be cautious of scam phone calls targeting Virginia's seniors.
The scammers pose as representatives of a medical alert company claiming to need additional information, such as a credit or debit card number and home address, in order to have a free medical alert device delivered to their home.
Although the caller claims that the device is free, the targets are told that there is a monitoring fee for the service, thus giving the scammers access to personal and financial information.
The Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section has received several inquiries from consumers who were suspicious after receiving such calls.
Officials remind you to be wary of anyone offering you something for free in exchange for your personal information.
If you have questions about this scam or if you feel you have been a victim, call the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection at 1-800-552-9963. The Consumer Protection office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.