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SCAM ALERT: Town officials warn of free medical alert device offer

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Officials in Brunswick County are warning residents about a scam that has been circulating Carolina Shores.

According to Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward, the scam involves a recorded message warning of increasing rates of death and injury from a fall or other home-alone medical emergency.

Southward said the caller advises that a medical alert device has been prepaid, including shipping so that the total package is "free." The recipient only needs to press 1 to accept the package or 5 to decline.

According to Southward, if you press 1 a live person will jump on the call and ask for credit card or bank information for supposed "monitoring fees, etc." before shipping the device.

If you receive a similar phone call, do not provide your personal information.

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