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Senior scam shutdown in Fla

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Updated: 1/15 11:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission froze the assets of alleged scam artists who used pre-recorded phone calls to pitch purportedly free medical-alert services to seniors.

Joan Hubbard of Jacksonville Beach claims she was one of the countless seniors targeted.

"They start off [saying] that we have been selected to receive a free senior citizens medical alert," said Hubbard.

Tom Stephens, president of the Northeast Florida chapter of the Better Business Bureau, said, "If they push any button, they get a live person who will take their credit card information and instantly start billing their credit card for service which is usually $30 to $40 per month."

Victims typically associate the calls with television commercials by Life Alert, a legitimate company that's also now suing the alleged scam artists making these robo-calls targeting seniors.

Bondi and the FTC froze say the robo-callers who operate under several business names in Orlando, including Worldwide Info Services.
Bondi says the FTC received 67,000 complaints from seniors bilked out of $13 million is the past two years.

"They got a hundred employees and a few offices here in Florida. Those 100 employees were just dialing for dollars every day," said Stephens.

"I'm glad they got them," said Hubbard, "I hope people get their money back."

Bondi and the FTC are seeking restitution for the victims.

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