To robocall scammers who lied about free medical alert devices: We’ve got your number

Phone imageThe FTC warned people last summer about illegal prerecorded sales calls from scammers pitching safety alert systems for older adults. And now, the FTC and the Florida Attorney General have acted to temporarily halt and freeze the assets of an Orlando-based operation that not only used illegal robocalls to pitch so-called “free” medical alert devices to older consumers, but also lied about the cost and quality. The FTC and the Florida AG are working to permanently ban the operation from illegally pitching their products and to get refunds for victims.

The scammers lied when they said the devices had been bought for consumers by a relative or friend. Really? Don’t you think your friends and relatives would tell you if they bought you a gift, especially if you have to pay an activation and monthly monitoring fee? I know mine would. The scammers continued their lies when they told people they wouldn’t be charged anything before the devices were activated. In fact, the scammers started charging people who agreed to receive the system immediately, regardless of whether the system had been activated or not. Makes me so mad I could spit nails. A lot of the victims were elderly, live alone, and have limited or fixed incomes.

So here’s a free and valuable message: When you get an illegal robocall, hang up the phone. Don't press “1” to speak to a live operator. And don't press any other number to get off the list. It will probably only lead to more robocalls. Report your experience to the FTC online at ftc.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

If you’re interested in buying a medical alert device for yourself, a family member or a friend, the FTC has information on that, too. Check out Personal Emergency Response Systems: Health Information for Older People.

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I use a company call Nurse Alert and not only do I get help but talk with RN nurse who can really help me no other company can do that for me thank you

888-382-1222 National Do NOT Call phone number

Thanks! You can also register online at https://donotcall.gov/

I have reported this using The Do Not Call List. Isn't that good enough?

they also do this with the mail - they say they are with medicare and want you to verify your name and address. howewever the envelope is in fact made out to you.

Congratulations on a complex job well done. I had filed a complaint. While I never purchased the device, my husband and I were disturbed by i'm guessing a hundred calls. These calls disturb elderly people who may need to rest or otherwise have challenges getting to a persistently ringing phone. I would have apaid more than thirty some dollars to make these stop. Thanks so very much. Heather

I live in Columbia, Mo. and received this robocall at 3 p.m. today (Monday, January 13). Apparently the federal court injunction is not being followed

We received these calls about 3 times weekly for months last fall. I always screen calls with my answering machine and never pick up for these. Our number has always been on the "Do Not Call" list; scammers ignore that of course. But the robocall did not leave enough info for me to fill out the "Do Not Call" complaint form.

Every time I open a Bank Account I get Frauded! While the Banks reimburse the Money, at Midnight it gets debited again! I get calls where the calller knows my Social Security number! Somebody is Obviously Monitoring my activities!

I've been receiving the same pitch in Orlando this week (3 times so far), but with a live person stumbling through his spiel. I've reported it online.

Caller ID = New York 212-660-5351. Stupid me. I believed the calls were over because of the law suit and unblocked all the numbers I had associated with these scammers. NOT! Got a call today. Lot of good the suit did.

Keep getting calls from 202-241-2807 in Florida. It started as a medical lawsuit then turned to some guy in India saying he loved me? STOP THE SPAM and prosecute these people.

Need to get rid of a Cleveland Ohio place too. Number of scam is 216-278-0121.

The robocaller wouldn't *respond* when asked a question--not a smart way to represent an emergency *response* service!

Still getting the exact same calls. How is that possible if the FTC has 'frozen' their assets?

Medical Alert scam calls are driving us crazy.Last night @ 8:30 p.m. 2/14/14 from the same numbers i have reported to the FTC and to the complaint "do not call" registry many many times. It does no good since the calls keep coming in sometimes two to three times a day. If the courts have froze the assets of this company why are they still calling. The FTC and the Attorney Generals office should give those offended the company name address and the owners names and address so we all can file a class action law suit. Some of us may want to file individual law suits also. Last i heard there was a $ 5,ooo.oo fine for violating the do not call registry list. Get on the FTC and the Attorney General evidently they are not doing their job.

has anyone thought that maybe another scam company has started taking over these calls? scams get recycled all the time. just because the ftc is doing something about it with one company, someone else may pick up where they left off.

In many cases, the FTC has been able to ban permanently repeat offenders from the telemarketing industry. Here's an example of such action. That’s why it's important to report illegal robocalls and unwanted telemarketing sales calls to the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint, to help enforce the rules.

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I received a computer ad call at 12:41 AM CST from 212-660-5351. This is Paetec Communications, NY. I want these computer generated calls stopped. or at least the name and number of the ceo of this caller company.

This phone number called me at 2:58a.m. on the morning of 04-08-2014 I was told I won a free medical alert and I think a $1000.00 grocery gift certificate, I just hung up.

I used to receive two or three robocalls (mostly 'credit card interest lowering' offerings) per week. In the past few weeks, I've been receiving two or three per day, including 'you won a vacation', and other obvious scams. I've just now begun to think about changing my phone number, but I fear robocalls would only begin again, and the number of calls would again increase exponentially just as they have now.

Mine is a rather extreme situation. I suffer with a social anxiety condition so severe that to hear a knock on my door, or the phone ringing is unbelievably stressful. I actually shut off the ringer on my phone and I rely on the answering machine to notify me of incoming calls.

These robocalls have added a new dimension of anxiety to my life - the quality of which is already poor.

I got several of the free medical alert calls too. Kicker is I am a paramedic on the life squad, so when 911 is called in my area, I am the one who responds! Don't think I need that device just yet, and I know none of my family or friends" bought" me the device. They all know what I do for a living

I like to lead them on they when they ask for my credit card number I tell them I have to find it in my wife's purse. Then I put them on speaker phone and lay it in from of my computer which is playins 50s rock and roll.

They're at it again. I just got a call claiming that I had been "referred" for a "free" alert system. The illegal robocall gave no info about the company, but the rep claimed they were "Rapid Response Medical Systems," with a Caller ID number in Albany, NY.

Just received a call from " Senior Alert Systems" from 714-607-6436". It started as a recorded message but I hung in there until a live person came on the line. He would not give me any of his company information like address or main phone number unless I placed an order. Lol. What a crock of poop. Ok, FTC....you need to shut these people down!

We have a lot of scammers now, so beware to the people like that.

What a laugh. I have reported these calls more than once and they still come in once a week.

July 12, 2014 - am in Charlottesville, VA and just got a Medical Alert robocall from 212 662 4578 "Ortiz, Roberto" name, and find online that many others are getting calls from same number. Recorded voice states that we are about to receive a free medical alert device provided to us and we just need to provide info for delivery. Looks like same old scam subject of January FTC and Florida action. - has FTC block been lifted? These could deceive people. Have just registered with Do Not Call and hope not to hear from these people again.

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