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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:13 pm, Sat Aug 3, 2013.

Senior citizens nationwide are reporting pushy, suspicious telemarketing calls from businesses going by the names “Senior Emergency Care,” “Senior Safety Alert” or “Senior Safe Alert,” the Better Business Bureau warns.

These businesses are using prerecorded telemarketing calls to pitch a personal emergency alarm system, a BBB news release stated. The recording claims the alarm will protect against break-ins and medical emergencies.

The recording also claims that the system — worth several hundred dollars — will be installed for free but afterward, the user must pay $30 a month.

After the pitch, callers are told to press a button to speak with a live person for “verification” purposes. However, victims report that staff refuses to provide basic business information, such as the business address, the news release stated.

If you receive a suspicious telemarketing call, the BBB recommends the following:

Hang up right away.

Do not push any buttons to proceed further.

Consider blocking the number and add your number to the Do Not Call Registry.

Report the call to the BBB at www.bbb.org or to the Federal Trade Commission at www.donotcall.gov.

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