Two different Cadiz residents have contacted the Cadiz Police Department in recent days about a scam targeting senior citizens with robo-calls advising that they have been "approved" for medical alert equipment at "no charge." The message uses scare tactics to try and get the person to respond to the offer, warning of a "significant rise in the number of senior citizens suffering death and serious life-threatening injuries from a delay in response times.”
The robo-call attempts to obtain the person’s billing information in order to charge those consumers $30-$35 monthly for alleged "monitoring" services.
“Victims are telling us they are receiving more aggressive and harassing phone calls from these numbers in a repeated attempt to obtain billing information,” said Sgt. Scott Brown. “Other states are dealing with similar scams, which are being reported to that state’s attorney general’s office.”
The phone numbers use an ‘859’ area code.
Anyone receiving one of these calls should not provide any personal information to the person placing the call. If a relative of yours actually did order a service for you, the caller should already have your address information and no credit information should be required.
The Cadiz Police Department offers these tips to avoid being scammed:
• Never give out billing or other personal information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger.
• Never cash a check from an unknown source, especially if you are being asked to wire or send a money order with a portion of the proceeds to a stranger.
• Never wire money to someone you don't know who contacts you
Information provided by Sgt. Scott Brown (Cadiz Police Department)
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