This summer I’ve gotten two calls from different numbers, telling me that my Life Alert system — pre-paid, mind you! — is ready to ship. Now once I got over the annoyance of anyone thinking that I was old enough to need a Life Alert system, I googled the most recent number. (815-977-9558) They’re scam calls preying on the elderly.
What happens is this: You get a robocall from these guys and the recording is just creepily realistic, complete with the sound of pages being shuffled while the speaker looks for information. However if you’re not particularly polite, like me, you’ll try to interrupt the spiel and discover that no, it’s not a real person, it’s a recording. This should really piss you off.
The caller says that your new Life Alert system (or something similar) is ready to ship, that it’s been pre-paid, that the shipping is pre-paid, and all you need to do is punch 1 to accept the shipment. When you do, they start asking for things like your Medicare # (Your SSN) and credit card info. Identity theft anyone?
Don’t punch 1. Don’t punch any number. Just hang up.
Please read these articles if you’re concerned:
FTC info Including a short, must-see video on what calls are illegal and what to do about them.
If you ever wonder about a phone call you’ve gotten, copy the phone number that shows up on your caller ID and google it. You’ll find a lot of information about scammy numbers online. Don’t be afraid to report calls to the FTC if those calls are illegal.