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FTC cracks down on medical discount scheme

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Businesses in hot water, Buyer beware, Scams, Seniors Updated: September 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM

The Federal Trade Commission filed charges against operators of a telemarketing scheme aimed at defrauding seniors by offering phony prescription drug discount cards last week.

In the complaint, the FTC alleges that seniors across the United States were deceived into turning over their bank account numbers and used that information to take money from their accounts.

The operators, based in the United States and Canada, claimed they would send consumers a prescription drug discount card for a fee. The cards provided were already provided to senior for free by calling a toll-free number, the FTC said Monday in a news release. 

The telemarketing scheme is another in a slew of scams targeting seniors. On Sunday, I wrote about scammers who are taking advantage of the confusion swirling around the Affordable Care Act. The majority of the people I spoke to for that story were seniors who had received a call from someone claiming they needed to send a new Medicare card. 

The operators who are named in the complaint that are based in the United States include:

  • AFD Advisors LCC, registered in Weston, Wisconsin and does business in Stevens Point 
  • AMG Associated LLC, registered in Delaware
  • Park 295 Corp, registered in New York
  • Cal Consulting LCC, registered in Georgia


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