Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff's Office news release
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office has received complaints from citizens over the past few days of what has been determined by our office to be a telemarketing scam, a new scam is targeting older adults everywhere across the nation, including those citizens who live in our county, preying on the familiarity of the popular TV commercials associated with "Life Alert."
The service calls authorities when the subscriber is in need of police, fire, or EMS services.
The caller will begin his or her conversation with the victim by telling them he or she has been signed up for this service by a concerned family member or a friend, and all the victim has to do is say "yes."
The caller will then ask the victim for personal information to insure delivery of the product, information to include Social Security number, Date of Birth, and then they lead into financial questions asking the victim for a credit card or banking account number.
They will then explain to the victim the reason they need this information would be to cover the shipping and handling charges in most cases its around $35 -$40.
In most instances the victim will see on their caller ID a local area code that they may be familiar with, these scammers use Voice Over Internet Protocol technology to trick caller ID boxes and victims into believing they are local to the area.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office cybercrimes unit urges citizens to never give out your personal information over the phone unless you make the call, monitor your credit card and bank statements monthly for fraudulent activity or unauthorized charges.
Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible and always review your credit report at least once a year.