Two people in Le Roy have complained to police, according to Chief Chris Hayward, of getting phone calls that sound suspiciously like a scam.
Hayward is asking local media to alert seniors to the potential scam, which Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a statement about a few days ago.
The purported scam begins with a robo call that tells seniors they've been approved for an emergency alert device that they can receive for free. Scare tactics are used to encourage seniors to continue with the call, telling them that seniors have died when emergency responders were not notified quickly enough.
The company allegedly running the scam may be based in the Utica area and employs a 315 area code.
For a $35 monthly fee, the company says it will monitor this free equipment.
Potential victims are asked to give personal billing information over the phone.
Schneiderman issued the following tips on avoiding fraud:
- Never give out billing or other personal information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger;
- Never cash a check from an unknown source, especially if you are being asked to wire a portion of the proceeds to a stranger;
- Never wire money to someone you don't know who contacts you; it's the same as handing over cash.