Medical Emergency Alert Scam Targets The Upstate - WSPA.com

Medical Emergency Alert Scam Targets The Upstate

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Tina Poteat came home to hear this message on her answering machine.

"I'm calling to schedule a delivery of your medical alert system," a voice said on Poteat's answering machine.

The caller claimed one of Poteats family members bought her a medical alert device from a company called "Medical Emergency Alert".

All she had to do was call and give her address and credit card information so the company had it on file.

"I received a phone call about a free medical alert system thinking it was something I could use because I've fallen a lot with knee surgery," Poteat said.  

Poteat says her recent knee surgery left her vulnerable and questioning if this offer was real..

"My doctors I thought could have recommended it or the hospitals then I said no that can't be that has to be a scam," Poteat said.

And Poteat was right the Better Business Bureau along with consumer affairs confirms it is a scam.

The goal of the call is to get your credit card information.

The Better Business Bureau tell us you should always ask the company to send you written information on the product so you can read up on it before you pay for it.

"When you don't initiate the call and someone is calling you never give out your information, banking information, credit card, or social security number," Vee Daniel with the Better Business Bureau said.

But Poteat tells me she has no doubt her grandmother would fall for this scam..

"She's looking for a new system if someone called her saying that right now she's going to mash one and probably give out her information," Poteat said.

But remember if you hear press one, don't because it could cause you to fall victim to this medical scam.

To check if the medical alert system you are looking into is credible you can contact SC Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594.

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