A new scam is hitting the phone lines that promotes a safety alert system for older adults and diabetics.
When the spammer calls, they spoof a phone number so it looks like a local call on caller ID. A message will come over the phone that alerts you about your eligibility for an alert system, an upgrade, or that someone has purchased a system for you.
The message asks you to press a number on your phone to talk to a live operator who will ask for your bank account, credit card or Medicare number to “expedite shipping”.
People who have given up that information have seen monthly charges of $35 and up for a “free” system.
If you get a call with a recorded sales message and you haven’t given the company permission to call, the call is illegal.
LaPorte City Police encourages you to hang up on robocalls such as these to avoid becoming a victim of theft.