The FTC and the Office of the Florida Attorney General shut down an Orlando-based scheme that took money from older people by blasting them with illegal robocalls to push “free” medical alert systems. The FTC says that the company told people that the alert system was bought for them by someone they knew. People who expressed interest were transferred to a live telemarketer who falsely claimed the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the National Institute on Aging recommended the systems. The telemarketers also said the $34.95 monthly monitoring fee would be charged only after the system was installed and activated, but people were charged immediately, regardless of whether the system was activated.
As reported, this scam has been reported in Florida. Do not respond to similar offers in Missouri.