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AG warns of unsolicited calls targeting elderly

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office is seeing an increase in reports of unsolicited phone calls promising a free medical alert device, and they're reportedly targeting senior citizens.

These phone calls are so widespread, that even Shreveport's Better Business Bureau President, Andy Fisher was recently targeted.

"My wife has gotten a number of them and it's irritating because sometimes they call two or three times a day," said Fisher.

The BBB typically keeps tabs on reports of unethical business practices, and Fisher is usually hearing about those phone calls from someone else, but the calls are so prolific he's heard the hustle personally.

"They're offering this medical alert and they're offering it in a couple of different ways," said Fisher.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office has issued a consumer warning in the form of an email, stating, it "has seen an increase in reports of unsolicited telephone calls, which often tricks consumers into thinking the calls are coming from a legitimate company."

"In effect they're trying to steal your identity," said Fisher.

According to the AG the caller tells the victim they're eligible to receive a free medical alert device then asks for personal information to pay for costs, asks for personal information, and asks the potential victim to send payments, usually through Western Union.

Fisher is glad to see the AG being proactive.

"It's always good to hear the AG informing the people so they can get the information out to the public." Said  Fisher.

Here are some numbers to call if you get a call like this: You can reach the Louisiana Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889.

You can reach Shreveport's Better Business Bureau at 318-797-1330.

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