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New Scam Targets Elderly

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Another phone scam is in the works and this one claims to be associated with a local medical clinic.

The latest scam targets the elderly and tries to entice the victim by saying they are qualified to receive a prescription card with 75 percent off their medication. If they buy a medical alert system and they say they got their information from Mid Dakota Clinic. The clinic does not participate in any referral program for medical alert systems or prescription drug discount cards.

The director of the consumer protection division says you should always be wary of these types of calls and anytime someone asks for personal information, like a social security number or bank account information.
       
"Mostly these are tailored to and aimed at vulnerable adults who might think this is a good idea. Certainly, it's always a good idea to be careful about your medical condition and make sure you're able to contact emergency services if you need those. But you want to be very careful you don't get tied up with one of these questionable medical alert companies," says Consumer Protection Division director Parrell Grossman.

He said another scam that is occuring involves someone calling construction companies claiming their windshield was damaged by the company's employees and they want insurance information to get it fixed.

If you think you are a victim of these or any other scam you should contact the Consumer Protection Division.

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