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Unbelievable -- that senior scam artists are targeting new.
Michigan's attorney general's office investigating how -- answers are robo calling seniors about a free medical alert service that is anything but free.
Joining me now John Simpson privacy project director at consumer watchdog you know I've been looking at this story all day long I have to tell yet.
These crooks big shifts they find all kinds of ways of going after people there's a new scam every day who are these gamers do you think.
I think there are rather who's -- -- slot that.
The light in preying on some of the more vulnerable both parts of society like like older folks in and in this case what they were doing was.
Making it sound like someone else had.
But ordered a medical alert device for you and then pretending that it was -- but then when you actually.
Signed up for it there were substantial charges that got put on your credit card.
-- it at at the least and possibly your credit card number might be used for a future.
Charges against your account.
You know it it's happening all over the country as you said Michigan New York Texas Wisconsin Kentucky the reports are everywhere.
I was speaking to the attorney general's office in one state where -- -- say they're getting forty calls a week.
Greg you know it.
One thing to keep in mind here because we're not a senior maybe you're too Smart for this scam and you'd never do it a million years -- you might have a mom or dad.
You are being targeted by these people what I learned today for the first time.
Is it 22% of people under said seventy.
Have some kind of cognitive impairment.
And maybe it's hard for you to see it dated -- maybe you don't see yea your family that often but they have some kind of mental issue.
And these spammers they see that they go after that right.
-- absolutely and what they do is they put the pressure on you.
To make a decision right on the spot give them your -- information given your credit card number.
And and really push.
So one of the best defensible -- two things you need to remember to defend yourself first -- all.
Whenever something sounds too good to be true in almost always is too good to be true.
But beyond that it's not about idea to invoke what I call a cooling off period.
So they make this thing to it sounds really good the offer sounds -- thing.
Don't accept it -- tell Lucas explained it to you in writing and have them send you the offer in the mail him.
Odds are -- good idea that -- tell you something right there.
Get a it's a good idea and and you know I actually say hang up the phone.
I mean I just don't believe -- -- talking to these people.
And and frankly even if you're on the do not call list this stuff still gets through.
Frankly the only people who ever call my house are are home contractors.
And people -- doing scams and sometimes they're the same people.
Let's talk for just a second about how kids can help their parents how grandkids can help their parents.
Because that's what really needs to happen here we have a need -- a generation talking to this older generation.
About what's going on how do you do that.
Well -- I think you you make a point of talking to him to your parents and asking them what kind of phone calls they're getting them.
Did they know that they shouldn't.
Be buying things usually over the phone if someone -- just reached out and offered to them much usually -- it's one thing if you want it.
And you make that call and initiated but did you you should -- skeptical of how.
Calls that come in you know that I -- solicited.
And and I think that the kids and then can can have that kind of conversation with -- Older parents and.
And what do -- do that who's the first person you call if you realize.
That somebody in your family somebody close to you is may be said yes to one of these telemarketers who just scamming them out of money.
Well I think if you if you if you think a roll or you if you think yourself husbands -- I think you should report it and some people are embarrassed to do that.
The only way we're gonna get -- stopped them to catch these people is to report.
That can go to a local attorney general -- have a bureau of consumer affairs.
It could go to the police it -- go to the FTC.
Could go to the Better Business Bureau but it definitely should be reported absolutely Chad thanks for coming on tonight great to see -- thank you cloud to be here thank you.
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