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Grocery Scam Alert

| September 30, 2013

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(AUGUSTA) Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills warns Mainers to be aware of a scam claiming individuals over the age of 60 are eligible for up to $3,000 in free groceries and a life alert device.  Attorney General Mills issues this warning after several people reported receiving the calls to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

 

The scammers indicate that a new government assistance program for people over 60 qualifies them for $3,000 in free groceries and a life alert device.  The pre-recorded calls ask the recipient to press certain buttons on the telephone to be connected to a representative.  Those reporting the scam to the Attorney General’s Office did not engage and hung up before speaking with anyone.

 

“This is a new twist on an old scam,” said Attorney General Mills. “There is no government program handing out free grocery vouchers or life alert devices to seniors.  These are scammers sending out millions of pre-recorded calls looking for anyone who will take the bait and hand over personal information, which often includes credit card numbers, social security numbers and birthdays.  The old adage of ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it is’ most definitely applies here.  If you get one of these calls, just hang up.  Do not press any numbers as that will likely result in additional calls.”

If you have questions about these or other consumer matters, please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1(800) 436-2131 or consumer.mediation@maine.gov .

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