Scam Targets Seniors In Northwest Iowa

Date posted - May 17, 2013

Scam AlertHull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a scam targeting seniors in northwest Iowa.

The following is a release from the Sheriff’s Office:

On Friday, May 17 at 11:19 AM, a resident of Hull reported an incident of fraud to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon further investigation of this incident the sheriff’s office found that dozens of people in Iowa, South Dakota and other states have been reporting similar phone calls to law enforcement officials. The caller claims to represent the company “Life Alert.” The caller is either a live person or a recording. The caller will often say this service is a gift given to the recipient by a relative. If you continue to speak with them their intent is to keep you on the phone and try set up that first appointment.

In the incident reported in Hull the fraudulent caller did exactly that. He repeatedly tried to set up a visit with the person. The calls appear to be coming from a local number, but, according to the Better Business Bureau the caller is using a fraud method called “callerā€ID spoofing.” Spoofing calls is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a false local phone number on the recipient’s caller ID display. This often tricks the recipients into thinking that the caller is someone they may know or it causes them to feel more comfortable in giving the caller their personal information.

Life Alert has issued a fraud alert on their company website that can be found here: http://goo.gl/OlcOq.

For more information click on this link to a recent Keloland news story about these calls: http://goo.gl/Jc7JN.

There are many scams targeting the public, primarily the elderly. It’s important to know who you’re doing business with and don’t be pressured into a “quick deal.”

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