PROVIDENCE – On Wednesday, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin alerted consumers to an ongoing identity theft scam. The scam consists of a telephone call informing a consumer that a medical alert system has been ordered and subsequently soliciting information from the consumer, including credit card numbers or Medicare card numbers.
“While medical alert systems do save lives, this scam does nothing more than harm unsuspecting consumers, especially seniors,” Kilmartin said in a statement. “Consumer education is the best defense we have against these types of scams.”
This type of scam has been reported by attorney generals to be occurring in other states across the country.
Kilmartin advised that consumers not give out personal information if unsure of circumstances.
He also recommended consumers report suspicious activity to the Attorney General’s office when confronted with it, immediately.