Florida American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) members are being targeted with a new scam where a person pretending to represent the organization sells door-to-door medical alert systems.
AARP recently issued a statement warning members and seniors in general about the scam. “Our company does not send representatives from AARP to your door to sell medical alert systems or anything else,” said Florida AARP President Jeff Johnson. He went on to say that if you encounter this, you should slam the door immediately.
AARP was tipped off by the scheme after a member sent an email describing a man who appeared at her door with AARP literature. He told the woman that AARP gave him her name because she was interested in receiving a medical alert system.
“These scammers are very convincing,” said Johnson. “They will go to any length to get your personal and financial information.”
The scammer in question was able to obtain the woman’s credit card information and sign her up for a medical alert system for $39.95 a month. Additionally, Johnson says AARP doesn’t endorse the particular equipment sold, nor do they ask representatives to go to homes.
There are a number of things individuals can do to protect themselves from scammers. Here are some helpful tips and phone numbers:
- Call the AARP Fraudwatch number at 1-877-908-3660 to report any suspicious activity to a representative.
- Never give out your credit card information to anyone. Scam artists are very convincing. If you give out your information, you could open yourself up to a great deal of trouble.
- Alert your bank and let them know about the fraud. They will block the creditor from making additional charges.
- Scammers often share information. It will be a good idea to alert your bank to close your account and get new credit/debit cards.
- Alert the local police and file a complaint.
If you live in the state of Florida, notify the local AARP chapter so they can alert fraudwatch.
There are a number of scam artists who target seniors. Many times they are targets because they may be alone or isolated from friends and family. The best way to protect seniors from certain scams is to keep them informed.
Friends and family members who suspect fraud should be vigilant and ask questions. You can do things like check bank statements and pay attention to who comes in and out of the home.
If you find that your elderly friend or loved one is the victim of a scam, seek out professional help. There are times when they might show some resistance. This is because scammers can often gain the trust of an elderly person. You may need to do a great deal of convincing in order to help them understand they are being scammed.
Once you get their attention, call on Sadaka and Associates for help. They will make sure they person’s rights are protected. Call for a free consultation today.
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