TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warned consumers on Friday about a scam targeting senior citizens by offering purportedly free emergency medical alert devices.

Dozens of Kansans recently complained to Schmidt's Consumer Protection Division about recorded calls from a person named John who claims to be with a company called Medical Alert. The caller claims consumers can receive a free medical alert device by pressing "1" to confirm their shipping information.

Consumers are then connected with a live telemarketer offering the free device. The telemarketer asks for a credit card number to cover monitoring or shipping costs.

"These calls are nothing more than a ruse to get your personal financial information," Schmidt said. "You should never have to pay money to get a 'free' product. We advise Kansans not to answer these calls, or if they do, be suspicious and do not give out any personal information."

Schmidt's office is looking into the calls to find out more information. Kansans receiving such calls can file a complaint with Schmidt's office.


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