Seniors Get A Warning On Medical Alert Scam

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Choosing a Medical Alert System

Some computerized calls can claim they’re associated with an insurance company or another well-known name. Some scams even claim that free services come through Medicare, which is not the case at all. The Federal Trade Commission took action in March against Instant Response Systems, based on charges of violating telemarketing rules and violations of the unordered merchandise statute. Instant Response Systems is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and also does business as Medical Alert Services. The FTC said in that case telemarketers would claim the monitoring is free but consumers would have to pay $817 to $1,602 for the service. Payment plans were supposedly dependent on a consumer’s financial situation.
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Medical Alert Scam Targets Seniors

Be sure to ask about this service and seeing if the provider offers it, since medical emergencies can occur unexpectedly. Also ask about the average response time, the type of training the response center staff receive, and the procedures the center uses to test the medical alert system. How often do they test the system? Also see if the provider has its own response center, as many smaller providers tend to outsource to other emergency medical alert response centers in order to save costs. The response center should be listed under Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which is the recognized standard for response centers. A response center that is UL listed shows that it meets the high standards of UL, and if the center is not listed then a different provider may be a better option. Testimonials for Medical Alert Systems Asking friends, relatives, neighbors, or coworkers about their medical alert system can give a good idea on how efficient the system is. More importantly, itll reveal how happy customers really are with their systems, so that new customers can feel more confident and prepared about making their decision.
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FM News 101 gave the AG’s office a call after hearing from a listener who became suspicious when someone called her, told her a system had been purchased for her and then asked for her mailing address. The caller asked for her name and hung up when the listener said, ” you called me. Don’t you have my name there?” Ellen Klem at the attorney general’s office says the end game of these scams is to get your credit card information or your social security number so they can steal your identity. She says the scammers are able to “spoof” the phone number to make it look like its from a local area code. But in reality, they are calling from a boiler room, possibly overseas. Klem says if you get one of these calls, you should do one of four things: ~Call the federal do not call registry 1-888-382-1222 ~contact the federal do not call list via the web at http://www.donotcall.gov ~call the Oregon Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-877-9392 ~contact the Oregon Attorney General’s Office via the web at http://www.oregonconsumer.gov.
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Bay Alarm Medical Launches New Cellular Medical Alert Option

“Readers can find insightful explanations on what factors are important when choosing the right system and detailed reviews of systems offered by various companies. On the site, they can quickly compare the pros and cons these companies side-by-side.” announced MedicalAlertSystemsHQ.com in their launch statement. By visiting the site, readers can find detailed reviews of various top medical alert companies like Philips Lifeline, Life Alert, LifeStation, Bay Alarm Medical and more. Interested parties can find out more by visiting the site at: http://MedicalAlertSystemsHQ.com About MedicalAlertSystemsHQ.com: MedicalAlertSystemsHQ.com is a site that provides detailed and easy-to-understand reviews on Medical Alert Systems, also known as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). Besides reviews of the best medical alert systems companies, readers can find useful tips and explanations on what to look for when choosing a good system. With the guidance and content provided, readers can quickly compare and find the ideal system for their needs. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. MedicalAlertSystemsHQ.com Melinda Vick 213-996-1000 admin@medicalalertsystemshq.com This is a press release.
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Medical Alert Systems Reviews Site Helps Users Find The Best System For Their Needs

Bay Alarm Medical November 20, 2013 9:15 AM 0 shares Content preferences Done CONCORD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Bay Alarm Medical ( http://www.bayalarmmedical.com ), one of the nation’s leading medical alarm companies, today announced the launch of its new cellular medical alarm. The new service allows seniors without a landline telephone to get the same 24/7 alarm monitoring available through the company’s traditional service. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131120/MN19400 ) “Today’s reality is that many households are choosing not to have a landline telephone,” says Alan Wu, marketing manager for Bay Alarm Medical. “Those households need a medical alert that works without a traditional phone.” The new service uses the same one-button alarm system that allows seniors to call for help if they experience a fall or other medical emergency. But unlike traditional medical alert systems, the cellular alarm system contains a built-in connection to the AT&T cellular network that allows it to contact Bay Alarm Medical’s monitoring centers 24 hours a day. The AT&T cellular network provides reliable nationwide coverage to nearly all parts of the country. Seniors do not need to be AT&T cellular subscribers to use Bay Alarm Medical’s cellular option. The system can only be used for medical alarm monitoring, and is not a substitute for a person-to-person cell phone. Bay Alarm Medicals’ cellular medical alert system is available for $39.95 per month, making it one of the most affordable cellular medical alerts on the market, according to Wu. For more information about the new service, visit http://www.bayalarmmedical.com/medical-alert-system/cellular.
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