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Phone scammers possibly targeting seniors

By Victoria Advocate
June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.


A telephone scam reported in other parts of the U.S. may be spreading to the Crossroads and asking seniors to pay for a medical alert system initially marketed as free.

It is hard to tell whether anyone in Victoria has been affected because the companies, which were calling Wisconsin residences earlier this month, have generic-sounding names and cannot be found in the Better Business Bureau's accreditation database, said Alan Bligh, the regional director.

The product, which can sometimes be a bracelet that dials 911, used to be sold door-to-door.

"They're saying (on the phone) that it's free installation, but you have to pay for the monitoring service. That's standard," Bligh said, adding that businesses should and normally do disclose that early on.

He advised consumers to deal with someone from the area, which could mean hiring a company as far away as Austin to install the device.

Bligh also asked consumers to save the number that may be harassing them and report it to Better Business Bureau by calling 361-852-4991 or visiting bbb.org.

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