Warning Re: Telephone Scam in Maine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2014
Jane Margesson (207) 229-5628
Fraudulent Callers Use AARP’s Name to Push Consumers to Buy Bogus Medical Alert System
PORTLAND – AARP received information today from multiple locations concerning fraudulent telephone calls being made to residents from callers claiming to be representatives for a medical alert system. Claimants report receiving a phone call in which they are told not to hang up and that AARP is making available a senior alert system. The caller also states that the resident has been referred to the program by a physician and if they buy into the program, they will receive $3,000 in grocery store certificates. The phone number making the calls is 626-207-2454 and is listed as a California phone number.
This is a scam. AARP is not making calls soliciting customers for a senior alert system. If Mainers receive this call they are urged to hang up and report it to their local police department and to the Attorney General.
AARP is urging all residents to be aware of this scam and to be reminded to never give out personal information such as a Social Security number, credit card number or bank information to unknown sources.
Residents who receive telephone calls from someone claiming to be from AARP or any other entity that asks for sensitive information should contact their local police department immediately to report the incident.
For information on how to avoid scams, go to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork