Police departments recently have been receiving complaints regarding telephone scam artists.
Most recently, senior citizens have received telephone calls from an individual claiming to be a representative of a company that sells medical alert systems. The calls were completely unsolicited by the recipients. The call recipients were told that a home life safety medical alert system has been shipped to the recipients address and that the caller is requiring payment for the system that was alleged to have been shipped.
If you receive a call like this, please refuse to give credit card information or to make any payment arrangements for products or services you did not request. If receiving a call of this nature, ask the caller for a callback name and telephone number and contact your local police department.
Another recent scam reported a person being called by a someone who identified himself as an agent with a Federal Law Enforcement agency and there was an arrest warrant and search warrant issued for the call recipient. The scammer has the call recipient call them back and at that time the call recipient is advised that the warrants will be dropped if they pay a ‘fine’ by telephone. Do not even call the number back, report it to the police.
There is another telephone scam that targets senior citizens and it usually involves a grandchild being jailed in a distant location.
This scam usually wants the caller to withdraw money from the bank and go to a Western Union office to wire the money so the grandchild can avoid jail. NEVER WIRE MONEY without getting the advice of a trusted friend, relative or the police.
Remember: Never give bank account, credit/debit card numbers or wire cash to a caller you did not contact in the first place. Never give in to a rush job. Any reputable business or agency will gladly furnish you with a callback name and number for you to check out before doing business.