Scammers push Maine consumers to buy bogus medical alert system

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Scammers claiming to be representatives of AARP are fraudulently calling Maine residents trying to sell a medical alert system, the seniors’ organization announced Wednesday.

Callers told residents that a physician had referred them to the program and that they would receive $3,000 in grocery store certificates for buying a system, according to a press release from AARP.

The calls were made from the phone number 626-207-2454, listed in California.

“This is a scam,” the news release states. “AARP is not making calls soliciting customers for a senior alert system.”

AARP urged Mainers who receive a call to hang up and report it to their local police department and to the Office of the Maine Attorney General.