BBB warns of new phone scam offering free groceries

Posted: Sep 06, 2013 4:24 PM EDTUpdated: Sep 06, 2013 5:36 PM EDT

By Andrew Douglas – bio | email


(WMC-TV) – The Better Business Bureau is warning of a scam targeting senior citizens using the lure of free groceries and a medical alert device. The phone scam even dialed the Action News 5 Investigators tip line, without realizing, of course, who they were talking to.

The scam begins with a recording when you pick up the phone.

It said, “Sixty years old or older, you now qualify for the new national senior assistance to receive $3,000 in free grocery savings certificates.”

It says if you are a senior citizen, you get $3,000 in free groceries, as well as a medical alert device.

The Better Business Bureau says it is bogus.

“As usual, it’s too good to be true and when it’s too good to be true it probably is,” said Jan Culbreath, who got the call this week.

Culbreath is worried that someone out there will fall for the scam.

“Somebody may just buy into this really quickly thinking that they can not only support themselves but so many senior citizens are actually helping their children and grandchildren. I am,” she explained.

The Better Business Bureau recommends hanging up. Do not push any buttons and do not speak with anyone. This call asks you to push a button to speak with someone. It is an old scam criss crossing the country but relatively new in the Memphis area.

The BBB says if there is a business that calls and you are interested in them, do not agree to anything before checking them out online and good place to start that process is with the BBB.

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