PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Rhode Island Attorney General is warning consumers about a scheme where unsolicited phone calls offer free medical alert services.
Consumers may receive a recorded message saying a family member has ordered a medical alert system, but more information is needed before the product can be sent. Other times, the target may be told they're eligible for a free system, and will ask for information, like bank account details. The attorney general's office said in both cases, it's a scam to get personal information from the consumer; including credit card numbers, bank account information or Medicare card numbers.
- On The Web: Rhode Island Attorney General's Website
"It is a constant battle to stay one step ahead of the scam artists, which often operate outside of the United States and outside of the reach of law enforcement," said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Wednesday.
The Attorney General's office advises consumers to be vigilant: when in doubt, don't give information out. Don't rely on caller ID; local numbers can be faked. And before agreeing to a purchase, get it in writing.
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