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Medic alert scam hitting people in eastern North Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It seems like every time you turn around, someone is coming up with a new way to try and scam people out of money.

Now, some folks are targeting people who need help in an emergency by using the popular line "I've fallen and I can't get up," to get seniors and people with disabilities' attention.

Kimberly Dale says she's been getting these calls for the last few months.

"This is a new one. They come at dinner time, and they're aggravating. They come at dinner time, or in the late afternoon. I want to yell at them don't call me anymore! Stop calling me! I just hang up," said Dale.

Dale is one of thousands of people receiving these automated calls offering a free medical alert system.

North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper, warns people not fall for this potential scam.

"We want to warn people not to respond to these calls, because at this point we really don't know what they're after. These scam artists use these telemarketing calls for a number of reasons. Number one, they can get your money. Number two, they can be trying to steal your information, your personal information, or it can simply be to validate your phone line and sell it someone else," said Cooper.

Dale says she knew right way the calls were a scam, when the voice on the other end, just kept talking when she said she wasn't interested.

"There are too many ways you can get that thing legitimately. This is just somehow to hook you into something. So I just want people to know about it," said Dale.

Cooper says if you are receiving these calls or other scam calls contact the Attorney General's Office, or call 1-877-5NO-SCAM.

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