Praise Halting of Telemarketing Scam Harassing Senior Citizens

Target: Federal Trade Commission

Goal: Applaud the Federal Trade Commission for filing a lawsuit against a company that was duping elders into paying for medical alert devices that they did not purchase

A telemarketing scam in Brooklyn, New York that has been fraudulently targeting senior citizens has been effectively shut down. The ruse was intended to trick elderly people across the nation to coerce them into paying for medical alert devises that they never agreed to purchase. Thank the Federal Trade Commission for taking action to end this scam that was harassing elderly citizens nationwide.

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Instant Response Systems, a company in Brooklyn that was allegedly targeting elderly consumers, duping them into purchasing the medical alert devises. The majority of the people who were targeted were reported as over the age of 70, living alone on a fixed income, and often suffering from poor health conditions.

When the callers would phone the targeted senior, they would ask certain questions regarding health concerns such as, “Have you ever experienced a bad fall?” or “What would happen if you were not able to quickly reach anyone?” The company would promote the devises as something that the buyer could use in case anything should happen, at the staggering cost of $1,602. The company would also demand for checking account information to be given over the phone to complete the transaction.

Often, the medical alert devises would be mailed to the elders’ residence, demanding payment without the consent of the targeted elder. When customers tried to return the merchandise or report the issue in writing, many were presented with threatening letters or hostile representatives. One customer had reported that she had received a phony police report stating that she had stole the devise without paying for it.

Applaud the Federal Trade Commission for filing a suit against Instant Response Systems, halting the scam that was harassing elderly citizens.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Federal Trade Commission,

When elderly citizens complained about receiving phone calls promoting a medical alert devise, many reported being harassed by hostile representatives or fake invoices. Often the company would send the devices to the senior citizen’s residence, demanding payment and personal information, potentially granting access to their checking account.

By filing a suit against Instant Response Systems, you have shut down this telemarketing scam that was creating a nuisance for elderly citizens, many of them suffering from poor health. Therefore, I commend you for acting quickly to extinguish this scam that was subjecting seniors to trickery across the nation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Richard Blank via Flickr

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