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Your Legal Rights: Protect Yourself From Medical Alert Scams


Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Most people have seen TV ads for a device that sends help when a person has fallen and can’t get up. Legitimate medical alert devices have been lifesavers for some, but a new telephone scam preys on the worry for people who live alone and fear they won’t be able to call for help if they are injured or sick.

Across the country, senior citizens report receiving phone calls that offer “free” medical alert systems. But these systems are not free. Scammers scare and defraud seniors by convincing them to disclose their private information and then use this information to commit identity theft or drain bank accounts.

How does the scam work? These scam calls can take on many forms. Often, the callers claim they are with Medicare or a familiar medical provider, or tell you that your “free” medical alert system is ready for pickup if you “press one.” Once you press a button, however, you will begin to receive more unwanted calls and requests to convince you to disclose your personal information.

In some cases, the caller may try to gain your confidence by claiming that an anonymous person or a family member has paid for the alert system and that you must provide your information for delivery or setup. People who continue on this path are then asked for more personal information, such as a credit card number or Social Security number.

Once you provide private information, the unknown entity may begin charging you for an unwanted or undelivered service. Scam callers who obtain private banking or Social Security information over the phone may use it to steal money.

How can I protect myself? Criminal outfits have no regard for the law. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent fraud:

• When in doubt, don’t give it out. If you are not sure who you’re dealing with, don’t give out any personal information. Regardless of what they say, no legitimate organization, including Medicare, will call to ask for your bank account number or Social Security number.

• Just hang up. The longer you spend on the line with a phony operator, the more likely it is you will get another scam call. Be cautious of cold-calls that claim “no strings attached.” If you receive a call that seems fishy, just hang up.

• Beware of “free” offers. Remember, callers offer free trials to get you to purchase some good or service down the road. Ask your .....
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MDA announces Value Added Grant recipients

Wed, Jun 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Grants give boost to farmers, rural businesses St. Paul, Minn. – Nearly 50 Minnesota farmers, producers and processors will share $1 million in Value Added Grants distributed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The Value Added Gra ..... 
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Rep. Davids reports budget collects $300 million more in unexpected revenue

Thu, Jun 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said if you ever needed any proof that Republican budgeting works, check out the latest economic forecasts. Minnesota economists recently announced that our state has another unexpec ..... 
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Sen. Franken Pushes to Increase Transparency of Federal Surveillance Programs Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Make FISA Court Opinions Public

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/11/13]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators are pushing new legislation to bring greater transparency to federal surveillance programs. The bill would require the Attorney General to make publ ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Commends Senate for Passing Farm Bill

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for moving forward to complete work on the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act of 2013. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Legislative Session

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

“The recently completed Minnesota legislative session took some positive steps forward for Farm Bureau and agriculture in Minnesota, but in the area of taxes, we may have taken a few steps backward,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) P ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS: ALL MINNESOTANS WILL PAY MORE THANKS TO DEMOCRAT TAX INCREASE AGREEMENT

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota House and Senate Democrats have approved the largest tax increase in decades, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said all hardworking taxpayers will feel the impact. “Legislative Democrats told us they would ..... 
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HOUSE APPROVES ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES & AG BUDGET

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the conference committee report on the Omnibus Environment, Natural Resources, & Agriculture finance bill this evening by a vote of 71 to 60. The bill takes serious steps to ..... 
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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Wed, May 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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