"Robocalls" used to trick seniors into buying medical alert devices
11:43 PM, Jan 13, 2014
A federal court has disconnected a telemarketing operation accused of using illegal "robocalls" to trick seniors.
The pre-recorded message told seniors they were about to be shipped a free medical alert system but the feds say that was not true.
The system was not true and the seniors ended up being charged $34.99.
The pre-recorded phone message was cleverly produced so that it did not sound like a typical recording.
In its lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission said fraudulent "robocalls" told seniors they were about to be shipped a "free" alert system that had been purchased for them by a family member or friend. And not just any system: the recorded message falsely said it was a Life Alert - the original "I've fallen and can't get up" product advertised on TV.
If you or someone you know fell victim to this scam click here for information on how to file a complaint.