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Government shutters medical-alert scam aimed at seniors

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WASHINGTON — Federal and state regulators have shut down a multimillion-dollar scam that they said duped seniors into turning over their credit card information in exchange for purportedly free medical-alert devices.

The business blasted seniors across the United States and Canada with robocalls claiming that they were eligible to receive a free alert system purchased by a friend or relative. Once the person agreed to receive the device, they were transferred to an operator who took their billing information and immediately began charging them for the service.

Government officials said Monday that they received more than 66,000 complaints about the scam, which deliberately targeted the elderly.

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