Be on alert for scams for medical alerts

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If you get a phone call from someone offering you a free medical alert device, it's probably a scam.

The state's Division of Consumer Protection warns that con artists have been calling seniors and telling them they have qualified for the "free" device, but before it can be delivered and installed, the senior must reveal personal information, such as their Social Security or credit-card account number.

There are several legitimate companies that sell medical alert equipment, which can be useful for seniors during a health emergency. But the state notes that a legitimate company will never request personal information in an unsolicited phone call.

If you get a call offering a free device, hang up and call the Division of Consumer Protection at 518-474-8583. And never divulge any personal information to an unsolicited caller.

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