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New Hampshire

July 12, 2013

Merrimack Police warn of medical alert scam in town

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — The police department in Merrimack says it has taken numerous complaints regarding solicitors calling residents and posing as representatives from a medical alert company.

Police say the callers say they are from the Senior Alert Care Company. Callers say a family member has bought a medical alert system for the resident. The callers say it would cost the resident a monitoring charge of $1 a day and ask for a credit card number to set up an account.

Police advise people not to give out their credit card numbers. They say this type of scam has become very common.

If anyone has any questions they are urged to call the police department, which is asking people with senior family members to make them aware they could receive such phone calls using a number of different medical alert system company names.

Police also recommend that residents call their phone company to block all calls from solicitors, if possible.

For those people who do receive such calls, the department advises people to ask a lot of questions and get phone numbers for the business the solicitors say they are working for, then contact the business to confirm that person works there, and that it’s legitimate.

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