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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Warning on ‘free’ medical-alert device scam in Washington

Some Washington state residents have received scam calls offering a “free” medical-alert device and asking for personal information to deliver it.

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has received complaints about these robocalls and is encouraging consumers to be skeptical about the calls’ offers.

The messages say you can receive a medical device that is already “paid for” or “free” if you indicate you want it.

“Seniors often are vulnerable to scams because scammers think the scams will go unreported,” spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, Alison Dempsey-Hall, wrote in an email. She said that consumers who have gotten involved in the scam should file a complaint with the office.

Other states have experienced the same scam, and the attorneys general of Maine, Ohio and Minnesota have issued consumer alerts.

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