Consumer Expert: Scammers Use Ruse To Dupe Sick and Seniors
It’s the latest scam that targets the sick and elderly.
“Folks getting calls about Med-alert, you put it around your neck and push for help. It’s a con and a scam. They’re calling all over hoping to rip-off senior citizens and the sick.”
That’s Mike Bannon, Head of Consumer Affairs for Bucks County. Bannon urges people to hang up if they get such a call.
“They’re trying to get to your bank account information and your credit cards. What do is try to sell you a monthly monitoring product and then try to get you to give them your bank account or credit card information. We’ve been getting a lot of calls about the scheme.”
Bannon was a guest on the AM-Edition Tuesday morning.
Donated Cell Phones Help Seniors With Safety
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the public to seniors. Sheriff Eileen Behr says you may have something that you no longer need that could save the life of an elderly person.
“We work with the D-A’s office and other groups educating the elderly on crime. One of the things we are doing is collecting used cell phones that people are no longer using. We reprogram the phones so they only dial 9-1-1 and we give those phones free to the elderly throughout Montgomery County.”
Behr says, Anyone who would like to donate an old cell phone and charger can drop them off at the doors to the courthouse or at One Montgomery Plaza.