12-26-13 AG issues warning on Life Alert scam

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning senior citizens about a scam involving claims of a free Life Alert device.

Morrisey says callers are told could receive a free Life Alert system if they provide a credit card number to cover the device’s shipping, handling and activation fees.

He says consumers should always be on the lookout for warning signs such as callers who are too aggressive or callers that avoid answering questions directly and won’t provide the offer details in writing.

While a caller may try to alleviate concerns by saying they are endorsed by an organization, Morrisey says consumers should take the time to independently verify that information first before making a purchase.

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