Just got this call. Sounded very real. But bells went off in my head.
After I hung up, I Googled and found . . . .
BBB Alert: Possible New Twist On Medical Alert Scam
Roanoke, VA (August 23, 2013) A series of calls that mirror a previous scam may be attempting to lure seniors into giving away personal information.
The BBB first reported on a Medical Alert phishing scam in May of 2013. In the scam, seniors received robo-calls from scammers posing as representatives of a medical alert monitoring company. They were informed a medical alert system had been purchased for them by an unknown party, and requested banking and other personal information to register.
Now in a new twist, the calls are offering seniors $3,000 in “food savings certificates” along with a free medical alert bracelet. The robo-call says the following message:
“For those sixty years old or older. You now qualify under the new National Senior Assistance Program to receive three thousand dollars in free groceries savings certificates. They can be used at over a hundred major grocery chains across the US. In addition to your three thousand dollars in savings certificate you'll receive a free emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergencies.”
. . . .