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

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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.

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