Quantcast

Scam Alert: "Free" medical alert devices are not really free - KOAM TV 7

Scam Alert: "Free" medical alert devices are not really free

Updated:

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT

Scam Alert:"Free" medical alert devices are not really free

TOPEKA– (August 16, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warnedKansans about a new scam targeting senior citizens offering "free emergencymedical alert" devices.

Inthe past week, dozens of Kansans have reported to the Attorney General'sConsumer Protection Division that they have received recorded calls from "John"who claims to be with "Medical Alert" telling them they can receive a freemedical alert device, and they just need to press 1 to confirm their shippinginformation. Consumers who press 1 are connected with a live telemarketer whooffers them the "free" device, but then asks for a credit card number to covershipping or monitoring fees.

"Thesecalls are nothing more than a ruse to get your personal financial information,"Schmidt said. "You should never have to pay money to get a ‘free' product. Weadvise Kansans not to answer these calls, or if they do, be suspicious and donot give out any personal information."

Schmidtsaid his office is investigating these calls. Consumers who have received suchcalls are encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General's Officeonline at www.ag.ks.gov or call1-800-432-2310 to request a complaint form.

###

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-21

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-21

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:40:33 GMT
    FIRE TRUCK CRASH Authorities say a Columbus, Kansas engine was responding to a fire on the west end of town, when a medical condition caused the driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel.  The fire truck then left the road and hit a tree.  No word yet on what medical condition caused the driver to pass out.  He was last reported to be alert and stable.       LAKE OF THE OZARKS CRASH A boat driver is arrested and is facing charg...More >>
    FIRE TRUCK CRASH Authorities say a Columbus, Kansas engine was responding to a fire on the west end of town, when a medical condition caused the driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel.  The fire truck then left the road and hit a tree.  No word yet on what medical condition caused the driver to pass out.  He was last reported to be alert and stable.       LAKE OF THE OZARKS CRASH A boat driver is arrested and is facing charg...More >>
  • Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special

    Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:13:44 GMT
    "My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o...More >>
    "My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o...More >>
  • Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:50:50 GMT

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

    More >>

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="csFooter"> <div class="csFooterCol csFooterFirst"> <h3>News</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/category/230406/local-news">News</a></li> <li><a href="/category/115566/sports-on-koam">Sports</a></li> <li><a href="/story/12286632/news-links-mentioned-on-air">Links &amp; Numbers</a></li> <li><a href="/story/17376704/mondays-child">Monday's Child</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneytalksnews.com">Money Talks</a></li> <li><a href="/category/182475/pet-vet">Pet Vet</a></li> <li><a href="http://galleries.koamtv.com">Photo Galleries</a></li> <li><a href="http://facebook.com/koamfox14">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/koamnews">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="/story/7416468/rss-feed-information">RSS</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="csFooterCol"> <h3>Morning News</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/story/7461514/birthdays-anniversaries">Submit Birthday</a></li> <li><a href="/category/114503/recipes">Recipes</a></li> <li><a href="/category/269328/upcoming-events">Event Calendar</a></li> <li><a href="/category/150174/koam-morning-news">Morning Interviews</a></li> <li><a href="/category/259466/contests">Contests</a></li> <li><a href="/category/272910/morning-news-guest-appearance-request-form">How to be a guest</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="csFooterCol"> <h3>Weather</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://weather.koamtv.com/">Weather Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://weather.koamtv.com/radar-graphics/">Interactive Radar</a></li> <li><a href="http://weather.koamtv.com/current-conditions/">Current Temps</a></li> <li><a href="/category/122845/closenow-closings-and-cancellations">Closings</a></li> <li><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koam.android.weather&feature=search_result">Android app</a></li> <li><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/koam-weather/id467420396?mt=8">iPad app</a></li> <li><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/koam-wx/id377037081?mt=8">iPhone app</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.weathercall.net/koam">WeatherCall</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="csFooterCol"> <h3>KOAM</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/category/150030/koam-tv-program-schedule">On Air Schedule</a></li> <li><a href="/story/12617560/about-us">Contact Us</a></li> <li><a href="/story/14155991/job-openings-and-eeo-notification">Job Openings</a></li> <li><a href="/story/10525798/dvd-request-form">DVD Request Form</a></li> <li><a href="/story/37471125/advertising-sales">Advertise With Us</a></li> <li><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/koam-tv" target="_blank">FCC Public File</a></li> <li><a href="/story/12166674/closed-captioning-contact-information">Closed Captioning</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="csFooterCol csFooterLast"> <img class="csFooterLogo" src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/koam/custom/2012/footer_koam.png" alt="KOAM"> <p> <strong>KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas</strong><br> Send tips, ideas and press releases to: <a href="mailto:tips@koamtv.com">tips@koamtv.com</a><br> Send newsroom questions or comments to: <a href="mailto:comments@koamtv.com">comments@koamtv.com</a><br> Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400<br> Web comments or questions: <a href="mailto:webmaster@koamtv.com">webmaster@koamtv.com</a><br> Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158<br> </p> </div> <div id="csFooterBottom"> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img border="0" alt="Powered by WorldNow" src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/koam/custom/2012/footer_wn.png"></a> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/18990/this-web-sites-privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/18991/this-sites-terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> </div>