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Senior scam phone calls slow but spread to other cities

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Fishy calls about a free medical alert system are slowing down in the ArkLaTex, but the Better Business Bureau warns that caller IDs show the calls are coming from more locations.

The BBB first notified KTBS 3 News about the suspicious calls in early May.

According to the BBB, the scammers primarily target elderly women.

The callers tell potential victims that someone has bought him or her a medical alert system but the caller does not provide the purchaser's name. The company says the system is free but ask for personal information.

Of the phone numbers reported to the BBB, two are already disconnected and another goes unanswered.

"We find out that delivery charges and everything are paid," says the BBB's Andy Fisher. "When you do get it, you're going to have to pay some type of fees for the monthly monitoring. And there's got to be some type of other catches to it."

BBB officials say they used to get six people a day reporting a suspicious number from Bastrop, La. Now they get ten calls a week, but the numbers come from Lafayette, Arkansas and New York.

The company was originally going by the name Senior Medical Alert.

If you do get a call, hang up and do not give our any information.


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