(February 7, 2013)--Seniors in Central Texas and all across the nation have been hit especially hard with scams that center around an alarm system.
Telemarketers are calling seniors under a variety of business names including “Senior Emergency Care” and “Senior Safe Alert.”
According to the BBB, scam artists are using prerecorded telemarketing calls to pitch an alarm system that will protect against break-ins and medical emergencies.
Most forms of the scams continue on to claim that the system, worth hundreds of dollars, can be installed for free but will cost $30 each month following installation.
With a push of a button, seniors are told they will be connected with a representative for “verification” purposes.
According to seniors who have received the calls, the individuals refuse to give out basic business information and are very hesitant to answer any questions.
The BBB says some warning signs of this scam include the caller trying to create a sense of panic, continuing to pressure the individual, promising something for free, implying the company is endorsed by a well-known organization as well as heavy accents and spoken errors.
If someone receives this type of call they are advised to hang up immediately, not to push any buttons to proceed further, block the number, and report the call to the BBB or the FTC.